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A Home in the Howling Wilderness free pdf During the nineteenth century European settlers transformed New Zealand's South Island. They diverted streams, drained marshes, burned native vegetation, planted hedges and grasses, stocked farms with sheep and cattle and poured on fertiliser. In Home in the Howling Wilderness Peter Holland undertakes a deep history of that settlement to answer key questions about New Zealand's ecological transformation. Drawing on letter books, ledgers, diaries and journals, Holland reveals the first settlers learned about their environment by talking to Maori and other Pakeha, observing weather patterns and the shifting rabbit populations, reading newspapers, going to lectures. Examining the knowledge they built up, he shows the settlers who succeeded in farming were those who listened most closely to the environment. They learned to predict weather and to vary their techniques of land management. In its depth and breadth of research, Home in the Howling Wilderness is a major new account of Pakeha and the land.

About Peter Holland

Peter Holland is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Otago. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on grasslands history. In 2008, Professor Holland won New Zealand's highest award for a geographer, the Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Gold Medal.

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Author : Peter Holland
Publisher : Auckland University Press
Data Published : 01 February 2013
ISBN : 1869407393
EAN : 9781869407391
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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