The New Zealand Wars 1820–72

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The New Zealand Wars 1820–72

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Between 1845 and 1872, various groups of Maori were involved in a series of wars of resistance against British settlers. The Maori had a fierce and long-established warrior tradition and subduing them took a lengthy British Army commitment, only surpassed in the Victorian period by that on the North-West Frontier of India. Warfare had been endemic in pre-colonial New Zealand and Maori groups maintained fortified villages or pas. The small early British coastal settlements were tolerated, and in the 1820s a chief named Hongi Hika travelled to Britain with a missionary and returned laden with gifts. He promptly exchanged these for muskets, and began an aggressive 15-year expansion. By the 1860s many Maori had acquired firearms and had perfected their bush-warfare tactics. In the last phase of the wars a religious movement, Pai Maarire ('Hau Hau'), inspired remarkable guerrilla leaders such as Te Kooti Arikirangi to renewed resistance. This final phase saw a reduction in British Army forces. European victory was not total, but led to a negotiated peace that preserved some of the Maori people's territories and freedoms.

Table of Contents

Introduction: pre-colonial Maori society and warfare /The musket wars: from early 18th-century white contacts, to Hongi Hika's wars of expansion in 1820–35 /The wars of conquest, 1840s: Hone Heke's campaigns – British forces in New Zealand: infantry, artillery, engineers, Naval Brigade /The 1860s campaigns: British tactical adaptations – assaults on fortified positions – Maori responses /1865–72: the Pai Maarire movement – guerrilla warfare – Te Kooti Arikirangi's campaigns – local Volunteer, Militia and Constabulary units – pro-government Maori groups /Bibliography /Plate commentaries /Index

Product details

Published 20 Mar 2013
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781780962771
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 487
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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