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Title: Making the Colonial State: Development, Debt and Warfare in New Zealand, 1853-76
Authors: Attard, Bernard P.
First Published: 23-Jul-2012
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Citation: Australian Economic History Review, 2012,52 (2), pp. 101-127.
Abstract: Warfare in New Zealand during the 1860s has recently been linked to the rise of the central state and growth of the national debt in that colony. This article argues that any parallel to the growth of the European fiscal military state is misguided. The fundamental cause of state centralisation and rising indebtedness was the same long-run dynamic of colonial development active in all settler societies during the nineteenth century. The colonial state functioned, in part, to raise capital for development, and if necessary the colonial state would be remodelled in order to achieve this. New Zealand was no exception.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2012.00345.x
ISSN: 0004-8992
eISSN: 1467-8446
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2012 The Author. Australian Economic History Review © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available from the Exclusive Licence Form, which permits posting of the accepted version of the Article as originally submitted for publication and updated to include any amendments made after peer review 12 months after publication. The definitive version is available at
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