Building the New World: Work, Politics and Society in Caversham, 1880s–1920s
Building the New Word is a brilliant sequence of essays arising out of a major study of the Dunedin working-class suburb of Caversham at the turn of the century. Olssen discusses a number of important theoretical issues, focusing particularly on the writing of history, the question of class, the role of gender, the nature of work and the growth of the labour movement. Building the New World is an exciting and stimulating book, described as 'a major milestone in New Zealand's social history'. It is well illustrated with black and white photographs and maps and is essential reading for all those interested in New Zealand history.
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Olssen's new book Building the New World is an outstanding contribution to New Zealand historiography and to our understanding of the origins of modern New Zealand society. – Brian Easton, New Zealand Listener