By Philippa Mein Smith
New Zealand was once the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled via people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is superbly narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the results of the country's smallness and isolation, from its past due cost via Polynesian voyagers and colonisation through Europeans – and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha – to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to regulate international forces. A Concise background of recent Zealand areas New Zealand in its worldwide and nearby context. It unravels key moments – the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior – exhibiting their position as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, monetary and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.
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37 the viking age: a reade r Source: trans. A. Somerville, from Snorri Sturluson, Óláfs saga helga, in Heimskringla, ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson, Íslenzk fornrit XXVI–XXVIII (Reykjavík, 2002), vol. 2, p. 30. 23. In his household, Erling always had thirty slaves as well as other servants. He allotted day work to his slaves, but allowed time later on to anyone who wanted to work for himself in the twilight or at night. He gave them arable land to sow with corn for their own use and to produce crops for profit.
The farther one goes, then, the farther do its coast lines spread apart. 12. Many peoples, Einhard says, occupy the shores of this sea. The Danes and the Swedes, whom we call Northmen, hold both its northern shore and all the islands off it. The Slavs, the Esths, and various other peoples inhabit the eastern shore; amongst them the Welatabi, also called Wilzi, are the most important. The Danes and the Swedes and the other peoples beyond Denmark are all called Northmen by the historians of the Franks, although the Roman writers named men of this kind Hyperboreans, whom Martianus Capella extolled with many commendations.
These meetings were arranged among kings in order to settle those disputes which only they could judge. Attending the assembly was seen as a holiday because men came to it from almost every country in the known world. Hoskuld wanted to attend the assembly since he had not visited the king that winter, so he too launched his ship. A fair was held at the same time, and the assembly was very crowded. There was plenty of entertainment—drinking, games, and all sorts of amusements— but nothing of particular importance took place.