The Māori Musket Wars, the invasion of the Chatham Islands and its aftermath
Moral of the story: If your neighbors say they are going to kill you, throw away your pacifist ideas and learn to fight.
A cautionary tale for modern Europeans. Bravo!
one of the first things you are told as a new European in the Antipodes is that Maori and Aboriginals are nothing alike, the first fierce warriors the latter peaceful hunter gatherers.
Its simplistic of course but there really is no Aboriginal haka equivalent and their bands rarely seemed to have battles.
Moriori seem to have been a noble human experiment, worthy of a mention in history and I can tell you many modern NZers do know their story
"Colonial encounters motivated behaviour that diverged radically from Māori custom" - this sentence summarizes the entire, the self districtive, mindset of the modern liberalism.
One of the most interesting reads this year !
"Europeans came along and taught Maori how to be racist" is such a hilariously stupid idea that it's immediately clear that an academic have came up with it.
Slight editing note: "It might be somewhat unfashionable to say today, but there can be doubt that the Māori were a proud ..." appears to be missing a " no " between "... there can be doubt that ..." which is critical to making the author's point.
I would've emailed the author directly but I'm not sure how to message them here.
Excellent article old chap - I had never heard of these series of wars before - very interesting indeed.
It certainly adds to my view on human historical interactions.
In short form :
Pacifism is the cowardly refuge of Poets.
Warriors cannot maintain the peace.
Warrior-Poets can rule a world filled by the other two.
Thanks for this.
The story of each human group, however small, gives us an insight into human nature in general--including our own.
Interesting also how difficult it was for the Moriori to abandon their beliefs, even when, rationally, they were very counterproductive.
It shows how powerful beliefs are for both traditional and contemporary societies.
Doesn't even seem real, and so recent! A lesson in humanity for sure. Pacifism is only as strong as your nearest neighbor. Great article, thanks!
Great article!!! Thanks for enlightening me about this sorry part of history. Yep, it's not about just the "bad white men".
I thought only white colonisers committed atrocities
50 in a oven? Over how long....