The New Zealand historian Tony Ballantyne has been in the forefront of scholars who have over the past two decades examined relations of power in the British Empire through the lens of transnationalism. As historians of transnationalism have tracked the movement of people, ideas, and goods between metropole and periphery and between colonies, they have enriched immeasurably our understanding of imperial history. At the same time, they have been instrumental in opening fresh perspectives on Britain’s settler colonies, invigorating cross-cultural analysis in narratives of colonial dispossession and indigenous disempowerment with alternative interpretative frames. While much of Ballantyne’s previous cutting-edge studies have focused on British imperialism and India, he has produced influential shorter pieces on New Zealand that appeared in a collection published by Bridget Williams in 2012 entitled Webs of Empire: Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past . In his new book,...

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