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The Financial Colonisation of Aotearoa by Catherine Comyn
The Financial Colonisation of Aotearoa by Catherine Comyn
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“Theoretically sophisticated, historically precise, and politically urgent” —Max Haiven

Finance was at the centre of every stage of the colonisation of Aotearoa, from the sale of Māori lands and the emigration of early colonists to the founding of settler nationhood and the enforcement of colonial governance.

This book tells the story of the financial instruments and imperatives that drove the British colonial project in the nineteenth century. This is a history of the joint-stock company, a speculative London property market that romanticised the distant lands of indigenous peoples, and the calculated use of credit and taxation by the British to dispossess Māori of their land and subject them to colonial rule.

By illuminating the centrality of finance in the colonisation of Aotearoa, this book not only reframes our understanding of this country’s history, but also the stakes of anti-colonial struggle today.

Political Economy
Published by ESRA, 2023

Printed in New Zealand
Soft Cover

Catherine Comyn (Ngāti Ranginui, Pākehā) is a PhD candidate in International Political Economy at King's College London. Grounded in historical materialism, her work is centrally interested in intersections of finance and colonisation, and possibilities for their overcoming. She is the author of The Financial Colonisation of Aotearoa (ESRA, 2023).