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PREFACE ; A Voyage of Discovery ; INTRODUCTION Fairness and Freedom ; COLONIAL ORIGINS ; Settler Societies ; Two British Empires ; Indians and Maori ; Frontier and Bush ; NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ; Federalists and Centralists ; Immigration: Voluntary and Assisted ; Women's Rights: Two Feminist Traditions ; Racial Wrongs: Struggles for Freedom and Justice ; Lib-Labs and Progressives ; WORLD AFFAIRS ; External Relations, Foreign Affairs ; Long Slump and Great Crash ; Two Military Traditions ; World Crisis and Restructuring ; CONCLUSION ; Learning to be Fair and Free ; APPENDICES ; Fairness as a Philosophical Problem: The "Original Position" of John Rawls ; Fairness as a Behavioral Problem: An Animal Instinct? ; Fairness as a Mathematical Problem: The Problem of Fair Division ; HISTORIOGRAPHY ; New World Societies: Comparative Approaches ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; Primary and Secondary Sources ; NOTES ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

About the Author

David Hackett Fischer is University Professor at Brandeis University. His books include The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas, and Washington's Crossing, which was a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.


David Hackett Fischer has produced a highly readable comparative history of the United States and New Zealand as open societies ... His excellent introduction to the relative weighting of these key values in New Zealand and the United States should encourage scholars to embark on broader studies of why shared commitments to fairness and freedom have resulted in different balances in the histories of open societies. * Roberto Rabel, Journal of American History * [David Hackett Fischer] is a gifted story-teller, and he is also a skilled research technician and poser of fruitful questions. * Andrew Sharp, English Historical Review * Part travelogue, part geography primer, part journalistic reflection, Fischer's book is a masterly attempt to sketch and compare the historical development of the United States and New Zealand ... Fairness and Freedom abounds with captivating characters * Mark G. Spencer, Times Literary Supplement *

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