Acknowledgements: ESRC Grant Number R000223775 substantially funded the research for this article. In addition, I would particularly like to thank the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited for granting me access to its outstanding archival collections and for permission to quote from them. I am also deeply indebted to two anonymous reviewers. Responsibility for the approach and content is entirely mine.
MAKING THE COLONIAL STATE: DEVELOPMENT, DEBT, AND WARFARE IN NEW ZEALAND, 1853–76
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Author. Australian Economic History Review© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand
Australian Economic History Review
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 101–127, July 2012
How to Cite
ATTARD, B. (2012), MAKING THE COLONIAL STATE: DEVELOPMENT, DEBT, AND WARFARE IN NEW ZEALAND, 1853–76. Australian Economic History Review, 52: 101–127. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2012.00345.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
- New Zealand;
- settler society;
- sovereign debt
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.