Listen to reflections on the Big Smoke

Couldn't make it to the talk?

In 2017 the National Library and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage have joined forces to present a monthly series of lunchtime talks, and make them available to listen later.

The first of these talks was given by Ben Schrader. In this talk Ben Schrader offered some reflections on the writing his recent book The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920 (Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2016).

Why did he write the book and how did he go about it? What were the challenges and rewards of writing a broad story in a narrowly researched field? He then revealed some of the most important findings from the project and suggests ways they increase our understanding of New Zealand past.

Finally, he pondered how the work might shape future research. Might, for example, his focus on the lived experience of city dwellers suggest social history is making a long-awaited comeback?

Listen to Reflections on The Big Smoke

The talks take place on Te Ahumairangi ground floor of the National Library on the first Wednesday of each month until November, so see what's coming up.

Cover of Ben Schrader's The Big Smoke.

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