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Racial Crossings


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Introduction: Crossing Races 1: Systematic Colonisation and Racial Amalgamation 2: Intimate Encounters in New Zealand Before 1840 3: Racial Amalgamation in New Zealand 1840-1850s 4: Crossing Races, Encountering Places 5: The Tender Way in Race War Conclusion: Dwelling in Unity Bibliography

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Damon Salesa is an Associate Professor of History, American Culture, and Asian/Pacific Islander Studies at the University of Michigan. A graduate of the University of Auckland and Oxford University, he is an historian of the British and American empires, and of the Pacific Islands. He is the author of a number of articles on these topics, is one of the contributors to The New Oxford History of New Zealand, has authored a short textbook series on the history of Polynesia, and is one of the editors of the forthcoming Tangata o Moana Nui. Educated in New Zealand, he was the first Samoan Rhodes Scholar. He is also a holder of the title Toeolesulusulu from the village of Satapuala, Samoa.


This is a complex and dense book ... Salesa's study breaks new ground in understanding the importance of interracial intimacy in forging new societies. * Sarah Carter, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History *
engage[s] with the big ideas that underlay racial thinking and discourses in the British Empire, and demonstrate how these informed British colonisation in New Zealand. * Lachy Paterson, British Scholar *

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