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Climate and Culture in Australia and New Zealand

Cranston, CA 2017 , 'Climate and Culture in Australia and New Zealand', in Parham J and Westling L (eds.), A Cambridge Global History of Literature and the Environment , Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 235-236.

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Like a template for a climate-changing world, Australia - the driestinhabited continent on Earth - exists in an imaginative and emotionallandscape shaped from extremities. Situated within the geopolitical regionof Australasia/Oceania, Australia's trans-Tasman relations withearthquake-prone Aotearoa (''land of the long white cloud'') began in1788 when New Zealand was included within the British colony of NewSouth Wales. New Zealand, however, was never a penal colony andseparation from its rough cousin came after Maori (consolidated under asingle language) signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British Crown in1840 - itself a marker of difference between the First Nations of bothcountries. Australian Aborigines, scattered across the continent, eachnation speaking its own language - saw land rights withheld under theillegal fiction of terra nullius, ''nobody's land."

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Cranston, CA
Keywords: climate change, Australia, New Zealand, history
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/CBO9781316212578.017
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