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Magna Carta and New Zealand

History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa

Editors: Winter, Stephen, Jones, Chris (Eds.)

  • Explores the social, political and legal impact of Magna Carta on New Zealand’s history
  • Examines the reception of it by both Māori and non-Māori and its role in constitutional debates
  • Offers a unique perspective on Magna Carta's relation to constitutional theory and practice
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This volume is the first to explore the vibrant history of Magna Carta in Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal, political and popular culture. Readers will benefit from in-depth analyses of the Charter’s reception along with explorations of its roles in regard to larger constitutional themes.
The common thread that binds the collection together is its exploration of what the adoption of a medieval charter as part of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements has meant – and might mean – for a Pacific nation whose identity remains in flux. The contributions to this volume are grouped around three topics: remembrance and memorialization of Magna Carta; the reception of the Charter by both Māori and non-Māori between 1840 and 2015; and reflection on the roles that the Charter may yet play in future constitutional debate. This collection provides evidence of the enduring attraction of Magna Carta, and its importance as a platform of constitutional aspiration.

About the authors

Stephen Winter is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In 2015, he served as Deputy Chair of New Zealand’s Magna Carta 800 Commemorative Committee.
Chris Jones, is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His research explores the history of political thought in the later Middle Ages. He has also published on the legacy of medieval and Early Modern Europe in New Zealand.

Reviews

“Why does it matter to us in New Zealand what happened at Runnymede 800 years ago? This book is essential reading for those who want to know. The mythology that has grown around Magna Carta obscures its achievements and the influence it continues to exert. Its example is invoked in our own great Charter, the Treaty of Waitangi. This account of the continuing pull of Magna Carta in our society stimulates thinking about what matters.” (The Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias GNZM, Chief Justice of New Zealand)
“This collection from New Zealand scholars analysing the significance of Magna Carta more than 800 years after it came into being enriches our own sense of New Zealand’s constitutional history and suggests a need to take greater interest in our contemporary constitutional arrangements.” (The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer KCMG AC QC, former Prime Minister)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • “… a Document of Our Times.” Magna Carta in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Jones, Chris (et al.)

    Pages 3-20

  • Magna Carta and Memorialization: The Perils of Historical Anniversaries

    Diggelmann, Lindsay

    Pages 23-44

  • Myths and History: The Treaty of Waitangi as “The Magna Charta of New Zealand”

    Williams, David V.

    Pages 45-64

  • Magna Carta and a Paradox of Authority

    Sharp, Andrew

    Pages 67-88

  • Symbol and Myth: Magna Carta in Legal and Public Discourse About Law and Rights in New Zealand, 1840−1940

    Finn, Jeremy

    Pages 89-109

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58439-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58438-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Magna Carta and New Zealand
Book Subtitle
History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa
Editors
  • Stephen Winter
  • Chris Jones
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58439-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58439-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58438-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 288
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