Historians are super-sleuths and story tellers who ask questions and solve riddles. What’s in a name? Who am I? Who are you? Where are we? Where have we come from? These are just some of the questions we will be exploring in History 91F. In order to unravel these riddles, we need the historian’s toolbox, which introduces skills suitable for the pursuit of history. Such study provides a solid foundation for critical thinking, speaking and writing that are invaluable in a wide-range of disciplines – and everyday life.

In this course we will be looking at places and spaces and reading not only books, but buildings, objects, and people. In terms of content, we survey New Zealand history between 1769 and 1840, with particular emphasis on the interaction and relationships between the Māori world and Europeans, and their ongoing legacies to today.