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Pakeha Slaves, Maori Masters

The forgotten story of New Zealand's Slaves

by Trevor Bentley

Page Extent:348 pages
Book Size:210 x 150 x 30 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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Trevor Bentley examines in depth the previously overlooked enslavement of many of the first white settlers, as well as some of the colonists who arrived following the Treaty of Waitangi. Slavery in the popular imagination has always been associated with the enslavement of Africans, and with good reason. Slavery however, is universal and not something that only white people did to black people.
The main focus in this book is the Europeans who lived and sometimes died as slaves in tribal New Zealand between the 1790s and 1880s. It examines when, where, why and how Maori obtained these slaves and the types of Europeans seized. It explores the diverse slave roles performed by white slaves, their sale prices and the immediate and long term physical and psychological effects of their servitude.
A fascinating and revealing story, for both historians and a broad readership.

About the Author

Trevor Bentley

Trevor Bentley is a well respected historian who has a PhD in History and has had a long-standing interest in the interaction of Maori and Pakeha in pre-treaty New Zealand and the Europeans who entered Maori tribal societies voluntarily and involuntarily. He has done significant research on New Zealand history pre-Treaty of Waitangi, and on "culture crossers".Trevor is an 'adult education director' for four Waikato colleges and is a member of the Military History Society.

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