My first books have arrived by courier from the fantastic Massey Library Distance Service! Here’s the list:

Origins of nationality in South Asia: patriotism and ethical government in the making of modern India / C.A. Bayly

Imperial meridian: the British empire and the world, 1780-1830 / C.A. Bayly

The Maori and New Zealand politics: talks from a N.Z.B.C. series with additional essays / edited by J. G. A. Pocock

The spectre of comparisons: nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the world / Benedict Anderson

India and the British empire / edited by Douglas M. Peers and Nandini Gooptu

Political thought and history: essays on theory and method / J.G.A. Pocock

Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism / Benedict Andersonbooks

My PhD has begun…

I’ve set up this blog page to profile my work and to blog/journal my way through my PhD.

I am a PhD candidate in history on a Marsden trust scholarship.

My PhD will reconstruct mentalities and political argument concerning New Zealand’s constitutional evolutions, late 1830s-1860s, in both European and indigenous (Maori) worlds. Methodologically the work will reflect ‘Cambridge School’ and ‘New Imperial History’ priorities. It forms part of a wider Marsden-funded project at Massey University, led by Prof Michael Belgrave, which will explore the extent to which a civil society was created or imagined that  transcended the scattered European settlement and different Maori polities, allowing the wars of the 1860s to be seen as ‘civil wars’.