The art of forgetting
History, myth, and the New Zealand Wars
in History, heritage, and colonialism
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By the beginning of the twentieth century, interest in historic landscape had also grown as a natural corollary of the growing importance of the wars to the myth of New Zealand's race relations and colonists' quest to identify a history for themselves in their new home. Where the New Zealand Wars stood apart from the earlier borrowing of the Maori past was that here, finally, was a history that the country's European population could identify as its own. The collection and preservation of the heritage of the New Zealand Wars was a watershed in the history of heritage preservation in New Zealand. Like memorial construction, preservation of the historic landscape was not an automatic, unthinking reaction, but a deliberate and often hotly debated response to the perceived importance of maintaining memory. Battlefield ruins and crude colonial buildings were simply not as evocative as classical architecture and a carefully worded inscription.

History, heritage, and colonialism

Historical consciousness, britishness, and cultural identity in New Zealand, 1870–1940


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