Dancing with the King
The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864–1885
Auckland University Press 2017
New Books in Australian and New Zealand StudiesNew Books in British StudiesNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network June 29, 2018 Jason Schulman
In his new book, Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864–1885 (Auckland University Press, 2017), Michael Belgrave, Professor of History at Massey University, tells the story of the negotiations, or diplomatic “dance,” between the Māori of the Rohe Pōtae (the King Country in the western part of the North Island) and the colonial Europeans. Belgrave traces the negotiations through successive stages, culminating in an agreement in 1883, which, by being the first written down, marked a diplomatic turning point. But the dance continues.