The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920

Author(s): Ben Schrader

NZ Regional History | Secondhand

The pursuit of city life is one of the most important untold stories of New Zealand. The Big Smoke is the first comprehensive history to tell this story, presenting a dynamic and highly illustrated account of city life from 1840 to 1920.It explores such questions as: what did cities look like and how did they change; why were women especially drawn to live in cities; in what ways did Maori experience and shape cities; how far was the street a living room and stage for city life; and why did New Zealand so quickly became a nation of townspeople?At a time of national debate over housing and the growth of our cities, Ben Schrader's superb new history reveals how our urban origins have shaped the people we are today.

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Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction Finalist - Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017.

Ben Schrader is a Wellington historian specialising in urban history and historic preservation. He was Senior Researcher of the award-winning New Zealand Historical Atlas (1997) and has written extensively for Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand, for which he co-edited the City and Economy theme. His last book was We Call it Home: A History of State Housing in New Zealand (2005), a finalist in the 2006 Montana Book Awards.

General Fields

  • : 9780947492434
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : October 2016
  • : 240mm X 170mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : October 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ben Schrader
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st edition
  • : 307.760993
  • : very good
  • : 450