By Philippa Mein Smith

New Zealand was once the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled via people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is superbly narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the consequences of the country's smallness and isolation, from its overdue cost through Polynesian voyagers and colonisation by way of Europeans – and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha – to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to control international forces. A Concise heritage of recent Zealand locations New Zealand in its worldwide and nearby context. It unravels key moments – the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior – exhibiting their position as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, monetary and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.

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Of the 3,764,101 men who appeared before their local draft boards, 3,284 were rejected for addiction—many for addiction to heroin. 22 On the other hand, some addicts never came under examination, since conviction of a felony was grounds for disqualification; and by 1917, addicts were more likely than the general population to have committed a serious crime. Another drawback is that the rate is based on males in the 21-to-30 age bracket, rather than on a cross-section of the country as a whole. Import Statistics Two premises underlie the use of opiate import statistics to estimate the extent of addiction: first, the amount (or value) of opium imported per capita is an indicator of whether addiction was increasing or decreasing; and second, if the daily dose required to sustain an addict is known, it is possible to compute the maximum number of addicts a given level of imports would have supported.

Of course, this does not represent the maximum for all opiate addicts, since it does not include opium smokers. Because of the high duty, arriving at the maximum number of opium smokers for fiscal 1891 to 1896 is problematic, but a rough estimate can be made. ” Regular importations for fiscal 1891 to 1896 averaged 76,348 pounds; one can therefore assume that the true total was closer to 229,044 pounds (76,348 ϫ 3). 5 pounds,54 a dose that yields a maximum of 91,618 opium smokers at this time. 0 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 Figure 6 Imports of smoking opium when duty was $6 per pound.

Who was Mrs. E. D. S. 39 In some cases we know the identities of famous addicts, principally because their medical histories (or those of their families) have been closely studied. 40 Letters and diaries occasionally provide clues about the use of these drugs in prominent families. 41 Henry S. 42 Of course not all opium and morphine addicts were rich or distinguished—or even middle class; prostitutes and criminals used these drugs as well. Prior to 1900, however, opium and morphine addiction was primarily an upper-class and middle-class phenomenon.

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