Christchurch, New Zealand, the World!

We have a great list of new books in our picks of the new history books at the library this month, from a pictorial history of Christchurch, to broader overviews of New Zealand history and a bit of world history as well. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverChristchurch dreaming : yesterday, today and tomorrow / Mary Hobbs.
“The pictorial records after the first Christchurch earthquake seemed appropriate but it now seems timely to remember the beauty of Christchurch with photos from the past, the present and looking towards the future. Ever since the first house was built in Christchurch there have been many challenges, tragedies and triumphs, yet Cantabrians have managed to surmount these challenges and always looked to build a better future. This book encapsulates these sentiments. It is a pictorial gift – a memento of Christchurch for its citizens, for Cantabrians and all New Zealanders. It includes priceless images of the past, wonderful photos of the Christchurch we still have, along with exciting new concepts and dreams for a stunning Christchurch of tomorrow. Inspirational quotes from Christchurch citizens focusing on what they love about their city are included.” (Global Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverPeople, people, people : a brief history of New Zealand / Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
“A story of New Zealand and its people, from 1200 through to 2000. A short, very accessible snapshot of New Zealand’s history written with tourists and anyone new to the country in mind. Aim is to provide an easy-to-read overview, not an exhaustive chronological history. Written in a lively manner by Christchurch born and bred Stevan Eldred-Grigg one of New Zealand’s leading writers of both history and fiction. Common themes occur throughout: each section looks at the sort of people who influenced the era and where they came from; their politics, their relationships; significant economic happenings and so on.” (Global Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand in the twentieth century : the nation, the people / Paul Moon.
“As the first history to encompass the entire century, New Zealand in the Twentieth Century can be said to be following on from the survey histories of the last century. However, this epic work is much more than a traditional chronology of events. Rather, it brings to life in vivid detail the social, political, and cultural landscape of New Zealand in this period, and combines it with often intimate portrayals of people, places, ideas, and events that have defined us as a nation. The result is a magnificently panoramic portrait of the country which is both spirited and compelling. Alongside commerce, politics and racial integration sit the less obvious but equally relevant developments in clothing, religion, architecture, and music, together with how we played sports, shopped, drank and entertained ourselves, and how our ideas of families and communities transformed. From temperance to a people’s prime minister, from the welfare state to rock’n’roll, from a dying race to a Maori renaissance, this book follows the growth and evolution of the nation. The result is a superbly researched and highly readable history of life in New Zealand throughout the twentieth century.” — Publisher’s information.

Syndetics book coverTimelines of history / [produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution].
“Beginning with the emergence of our earliest African ancestors and taking readers through the history of cultures and nations around the world to arrive at the present day, “Timelines of History” caters to readers who want a broad overview, a good story to read, or the nitty-gritty of historical events. With easily accessible cross-references that build bite-size pieces of information into a narrative that leads readers back and forth through time, “Timelines of History” makes the past accessible to all families, students, and the general reader.” (Syndetics summary)