Ideas for 26 June 2011: Professor James Belich
Professor James Belich was known for his revisionist histories of the New Zealand wars and his two-volume history of New Zealand. But his 2011 work, Replenishing the Earth, took on a much larger canvas, which he subtitled: the settler revolution and the rise of the Anglo world. No doubt it was in large part due to that work that he was appointed the Beit Professor of Commonwealth, Imperial and Global history at Oxford University. Before he took up that position James Belich told Chris Laidlaw about his life, influences and what he hoped to achieve in the future. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences.