Tag: intellectual history

  • What I’m Reading – VLOG#5

    Correspondence of Wiremu Tamehana, AJHR 1865: AtoJs Online — Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives — 1865 Session I — E-11 RETURN OF THE CORRESPONDENCE SIGNED OR PURPORTING TO BE SIGNED BY WILLIAM THOMPSON TE WAHAROA, ETC. (natlib.govt.nz) Tony Ballantyne, NZJH, 2011: New Zealand Journal of History – document (auckland.ac.nz)

  • What I’m reading – VLOG #1

    I’ve started a Video Log to talk about what I’m reading and what I’m thinking about in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand and the British world and empire.

  • Review of Andrew Sharp – Samuel Marsden bio

    I recently had published a review of Andrew Sharp’s significantly-proportioned appraisal of Samuel Marsden’s life and ‘opinions’: in the New Zealand Journal of History, vol 51, no 1 (2017), pp 216-217: Carpenter – review of A Sharp – Samuel Marsden (Auckland, 2016)  

  • Alfred Brown’s library – Te Papa, Tauranga

    I recently spent a couple of days in the library of this important Church Missionary Society missionary in New Zealand. What I was struck by: the striking aesthetic of this nineteenth century missionary’s book collection; the way in which prayer books, hymnals, and bibles – including Maori language versions of these – were given as gifts between close friends and […]

  • Thomas Carlyle on … Democracy

    The enigmatic Victorian writer, Thomas Carlyle, who was inspired by German Romanticism, wrote some pretty fascinating lines on ‘democracy’ and ‘government’ in his Past and Present (1843): Democracy, which means despair of finding any Heroes to govern you, and contented putting-up with the want of them, alas, thou too, mein Lieber [German: my dear], seest well […]

  • Review of new Samuel Marsden biography

    My short review of Andrew Sharp’s intellectual biography of Marsden was published this week on the NZ Listener’s webpage, see here. A longer (academic) review will be published soon in the next New Zealand Journal of History.