Tasman Epiphanies: The 'Participant History' of Alan Ward


  • Peter Hempenstall




The article discusses the history and life of Alan Dudley Ward, a Kiwi and Pacific historian, to better understand the influence of significant Trans- Tasman individuals who operated easily within an expanded Tasman world. Land appears to be the key focus of values and aspirations of people of the Tasman world.


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Author Biography

Peter Hempenstall

Peter Hempenstall is professor of History at the University of Canterbury and Co-Director of the New Zealand Australia Connections Research Centre. Among his books are Protest and Dissent in the Colonial Pacific (1984, with Noel Rutherford); The Meddlesome Priest. A Life of Ernest Burgmann (1993); and The Lost Man. Wilhelm Solf in German History (2005, with Paula Tanaka Mochida). He is currently completing, with Philippa Mein Smith, Remaking the Tasman World (Canterbury University Press). He has known Alan Ward as a colleague in Pacific history and professor of his old department at the University of Newcastle for more than three decades.