Burdon: A Man of Our Time Edmund Bohan

ISBN: 9781877270901

Published: 2004

Paperback

296 pages


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Burdon: A Man of Our Time  by  Edmund Bohan

Burdon: A Man of Our Time by Edmund Bohan
2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 296 pages | ISBN: 9781877270901 | 4.64 Mb

It would be easy to make assumptions about someone like Philip Burdon. The product of a long line of landed gentry going back to the fourteenth century, and of well-heeled pilgrims on Canterbury’s First Four Ships, brought up and educated as one ofMoreIt would be easy to make assumptions about someone like Philip Burdon. The product of a long line of landed gentry going back to the fourteenth century, and of well-heeled pilgrims on Canterbury’s First Four Ships, brought up and educated as one of South Canterburys privileged landowners, a distinguished old boy of Christs College – and a self-made multimillionaire to boot.

Burdon might appear to be the archetypal New Zealand Anglocentric conservative.The truth is very different. This man is also a passionate republican, a businessman with an acute social conscience, a liberal politician who fought relentlessly against the right-wing ideologues of his own National Party, and not only slowed their extremist free-market reforms but convinced his caucus that this philosophy must wear a human face.As Minister of Trade Negotiations, he steered New Zealand through the labyrinth of GATT reforms that made up the Uruguay Round, oversaw a tremendous expansion of New Zealands trading links into the Middle East, Asia and south and Central America, and championed the cause of regional economic development in the Pacific-Asia area.

And, especially through the Asia 2000 Foundation, he has striven for multi-racial harmony and to encourage New Zealands Asian community to take a full part in this country’s public affairs.But this is much more than the biography of a complex and interesting man. Critically acclaimed historian Edmund Bohan has also created a fascinating, lively and important portrait of an extraordinary period in New Zealands history.



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