Belich in 2010
|Born||1956 (age 63–64)|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Relatives||Jim Belich (father)|
Camilla Belich (niece)
|Awards||Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement 2010|
|Website||Staff profile at Oxford University|
James Christopher Belich (born 1956) is a New Zealand historian, known for his work on the New Zealand Wars and on New Zealand history more generally. One of his major works on the 19th-century clash between M?ori and P?keh?, the revisionist study The New Zealand Wars (1986), was also published in an American edition and adapted into a television series and DVD.
Since 2013 Belich has been the Beit Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History and as the Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History at the University of Oxford.
He lectured at Victoria University of Wellington for several years before moving to the University of Auckland. In 2007 he was appointed Professor of History at the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University.
The New Zealand Wars (1986) was based on his DPhil thesis, and won the international Trevor Reese Memorial Prize. It was later turned into a major documentary series for Television New Zealand. It was controversial for the startling claim that northern Maori invented trench warfare.
I Shall Not Die': Titokowaru's War (1990), based on his MA thesis, was also highly praised, winning the Adam Award for New Zealand literature.
Belich has written a two-volume work A History of the New Zealanders, consisting of Making Peoples (1996) and Paradise Reforged (2001).
He expanded his area of research to colonial societies in general and the place of settler colonialism in world history with Replenishing the earth (2009).