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King, Michael 1945-2004

Works: 131 works in 447 publications in 1 language and 6,623 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Instructional television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Portraits  Biographies  Military history  Church history  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Writer of accompanying material, Composer, Editor, Creator
Classifications: PR9639.3.F7, B
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Wrestling with the angel : a life of Janet Frame by Michael King( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of New Zealand author Janet Frame (1924-2004). She wrote novels, short stories, poetry, juvenile fiction, and an autobiography. Frame's celebrity derived from her dramatic personal history as well as her literary career. Following years of psychiatric hospitalization, Frame was scheduled for a lobotomy that was cancelled when, just days before the procedure; her debut publication of short stories was unexpectedly awarded a national literary prize
The Penguin history of New Zealand by Michael King( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the franchise, the movements and conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth. The Penguin History of New Zealand tells that story in all its colour and drama. The narrative that emerges is an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer."--Back cover
Maori : a photographic and social history by Michael King( Book )

29 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Michael King presents a ... documentary of Maori culture and society, and Maori-Pakeha contact, conflict and cooperation. From the earliest daguerreotype [photograph] around 1852 to the strong protest images of the 1990s, [he] records and analyses changes and upheaval in [this commentary ..."--Back cover
Moko : Māori tattooing in the 20th century by Michael King( Book )

17 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moko - Maori tattooing in the twentieth century is the moving story of a Maori art form that underwent a brief resurgence and then died. It is also the story of the last generation of Maori women who wore the moko. to research this book, historian Michael King travelled thousands of kilometres through the hinterland of New Zealand to find and speak with those who were tattooed, or with people who had first-hand knowledge of the custom. He located over 70 women who had been given the moko in traditional circumstances. All but one are now deceased. Marti Friedlander's photographs illustrate with skill and compassion the moko itself, the women who wore it and the environments in which they lived."--Jacket
New Zealanders at war by Michael King( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2003 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book [compresses] into words and pictures the extent to which war has affected New Zealand life over 200 years. ... It is [an] evocation of the taste and textures of war, how it disrupted New Zealanders' lives and the efforts they made to survive it. It tells also how others failed to survive. ..."--Jacket
Death of the Rainbow Warrior by Michael King( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thye sensational bombing of the Rainbow Warroor in July 1985 led to the biggest police investigation in New Zealand and the jailing of two French agents [Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur]. ... This book contians new information about the French age nts who were caught and the ones who got away. It tells ... the story of the 'third team' - the men who actually sabotaged the Rainbow Warrior. This is, at last, the full account of the New Zealand end of the Rainbow Warrior affair. ..."--Back cover
Moriori : a people rediscovered by Michael King( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Moriori of the Chatham Islands have long been regarded by Europeans as one of the mystery peoples of the South Seas. Their culture seemed more primitive than any other in the Pacific; their origins were said variously to be negroid, Jewish, Melanesian, Polynesian and sub-Antarctic. The Maori of New Zealand despised them and called them "black fellas". Victorian Europeans relegated them to the bottom of the evolutionary hierarchy of intelligent beings. The Moriori "race", the world was informed became extinct when its last member died in 1933. And he died, allegedly, without the solution to the mystery of his people's origin and identity. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders still believe that the Moriori were a backward race of unknown origin who settle the country first and were subsequently banished to the Chathams, vanquished and demoralised by more vigorous and intelligent Maori colonists. In this book historian and writer Michael King clears away all the nonsense, rumour and vilification that have surrounded the Moriori. He identifies clearly who they were and where they came from. He shows that far from being "primitive", Moriori culture was a perfect adaptation to a harsh environment. And he reveals that Moriori people were not a race, and that they are far from extinct. This book is a fascinating exercise in historical, archaeological and literary detective work. It restores the Moriori to their rightful place in New Zealand, Pacific and world history"--Jacket
Te Puea, a biography by Michael King( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of Te Puera Herangi
Ngā iwi o te motu : one thousand years of Māori history by Michael King( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The purpose of history is to understand the past and shed light on the present. [This book] does this for Maori history. ... [It] analyses who Maori are, where they came from, how their ancestors reached Aotearoa New Zealand, how their culture developed in response to New Zealand conditions, and how Maori life changed as a result of the European presence. It provides a context for understanding the Treaty of Waitangi, the recent Maori renaissance and calls for tino rangatiratanga. In particular it explains how and why Maori culture has persisted in the face of enormous odds against its survival. ..."--Back cover
Te Ao hurihuri = The world moves on : aspects of Māoritanga( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 1987 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays in Maori studies by Maori authors
Whina : a biography of Whina Cooper by Michael King( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dame Whina Cooper organised her first protest action when she was eighteen and led the Maori Land March to Wellington in her eightieth year
New Zealand in color by Michael King( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the war : New Zealand since 1945 by Michael King( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Te Ao hurihuri : aspects of Māoritanga by Michael King( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An authoratitive account of te ao Maori written in the 1970's during a period when there were few Maori voices heard in the public debate on the relevance and role of Maoritanga in the modern world. Edited by Michael King
Pakeha : the quest for identity in New Zealand by Michael King( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Sargeson : a life by Michael King( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Sargeson (1903-82) was the first major New Zealand writer to remain in New Zealand. From the 1930s he turned New Zealand writing in a new direction, publishing short stories that 'moulded' the language and rhythm of everyday New Zealand speech into a literary form' and won acclaim throughout the English speaking world. Born in Hamilton, where his father was a leader in the Methodist church, Sargeson qualified as a solicitor, travelled to England and Europe, then spent nearly two years on an uncle's King Country farm before establishing himself as a writer on Auckland's North Shore in 1931. Sargeson lived in Takapuna for the next fifty years. There, in a primitive family bach and later in an asbestos cottage that still stands, he wrote the stories which earned him a world-wide reputation for their compression and power. Later he wrote plays, then novels that escaped the severe boundaries he had imposed on his stories. Sargeson was a man of contradictions. While rejecting the puritanism of his youth, he was puritan in his total commitment to his calling as a writer. In genuinely poor health much of his life, he was also a hypochondriac. At times quarrelsome and even malicious, he was generous and deeply compassionate as a mentor to younger writers, notably Janet Frame, and in caring for social derelicts. He was unflinchingly honest about most things, yet every aspect of his life and writing was touched by the need to conceal his homosexuality and a traumatic court case which arose from it
Te Puea : a life by Michael King( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Te Puea Herangi, whom Professor John Pocock identified as 'possibly the most influential woman in our political history', wanted an honest biography of her turbulent life. 'I want the truth told and nothing but the truth, ' she told a Pakeha journalist. Michael King has written such a book. He did so with the full support of Te Puea's tribe, Tainui, and of her surviving family and protégés. When this book first appeared in 1977 it was hailed as the best book written by or about a New Zealander. The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature said it was so far an advance on anything published previously that it was without precedent. It remains so."--Back cover
God's farthest outpost : a history of Catholics in New [sic] New Zealand by Michael King( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A land apart : the Chatham Islands of New Zealand by Michael King( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael King lifts the veil of mystery from the Chathams in this detailed study of the islands and the people
An inward sun : the world of Janet Frame by Michael King( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Wrestling with the angel : a life of Janet Frame
The Penguin history of New ZealandMaori : a photographic and social historyMoko : Māori tattooing in the 20th centuryNew Zealanders at warMoriori : a people rediscoveredTe Puea : a lifeThe silence beyond
Alternative Names
King Michael

Michael King écrivain et historien néo-zélandais

Michael King historicus uit Nieuw-Zeeland (1945-2004)

Michael King historien néo-zélandais

Michael King historyk nowozelandzki

Michael King neuseeländischer Historiker

Майкл Кинг

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