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CUP book

Southern Capital Christchurch: Towards a city biography 1850-2000

20 November 2023

Edited by John Cookson and Graeme Dunstall


(Out of print)

396pp, Paperback
230 x 160mm, illustrations throughout
ISBN 0-908812-87-6

This collection of essays presents the main themes of the city's history in long perspective, covering the 150 years since Christchurch was founded. It emphasises the city's distinctiveness and its development.

Southern Capital Christchurch Towards a City Biography 1850-2000

Topics covered include; images, identity and myths; confronting nature; constructing a city; workers and workplaces, 'radical' and 'elite' Christchurch; culture, governance, leisure and the Ngai Tahu 'renaissance'.

John Cookson is Professor of History and Graeme Dunstall a Lecturer in History at the University of Canterbury. Contributors are: Eric Pawson, David McIntyre, Anne Parsonson, Trevor Burnard, Katie Pickles, Peter Perry, Jonathan Maane-Wheoki (University of Canterbury); and Te Maire Tau, Jim McAloon and Greg Ryan (Lincoln University).

Published with the assistance of The Community Trust.

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