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Climate and Culture in Australia and New Zealand


Cranston, CA, Climate and Culture in Australia and New Zealand, A Cambridge Global History of Literature and the Environment, Cambridge University Press, Parham J and Westling L (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 235-236. ISBN 9781316212578 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/CBO9781316212578.017


Like a template for a climate-changing world, Australia - the driest inhabited continent on Earth - exists in an imaginative and emotional landscape shaped from extremities. Situated within the geopolitical region of Australasia/Oceania, Australia's trans-Tasman relations with earthquake-prone Aotearoa (''land of the long white cloud'') began in 1788 when New Zealand was included within the British colony of New South Wales. New Zealand, however, was never a penal colony and separation from its rough cousin came after Maori (consolidated under a single language) signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British Crown in 1840 - itself a marker of difference between the First Nations of both countries. Australian Aborigines, scattered across the continent, each nation speaking its own language - saw land rights withheld under the illegal fiction of terra nullius, ''nobody's land."

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:climate change, Australia, New Zealand, history
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and Media Studies
Research Field:Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
Author:Cranston, CA (Dr CA Cranston)
ID Code:116089
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-05-01
Last Modified:2018-05-14

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