Political Economy in the Colony

Attempting to amass some sort of file on vernacular political economy. I have posted a couple of examples of what I mean by that, here and here.

I am reading Amiria Henare’s excellent Museums, Anthropology and Imperial Exchange at the moment. Turns out Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations was versioned as The Origin of the Wealth of the English People and serialised in Maori in a settler state-sanctioned newspaper called the Maori Messenger in 1849. Amongst various other chauvinisms and absurdities – eg English being spoken more widely because it is a better language – the aim seems to be to convince Maori of the superiority of a developed division of labour.

The first page is below, the rest can be found here



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