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Fairness and Freedom


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PREFACE A Voyage of Discovery INTRODUCTION Fairness and Freedom COLONIAL ORIGINS Settler Societies Two British Empires Indians and Maori Frontier and Bush NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Federalists and Centralists Immigration: Voluntary and Assisted Women's Rights: Two Feminist Traditions Racial Wrongs: Struggles for Freedom and Justice Lib-Labs and Progressives WORLD AFFAIRS External Relations, Foreign Affairs Long Slump and Great Crash Two Military Traditions World Crisis and Restructuring CONCLUSION Learning to be Fair and Free APPENDICES Fairness as a Philosophical Problem: The "Original Position" of John Rawls Fairness as a Behavioral Problem: An Animal Instinct? Fairness as a Mathematical Problem: The Problem of Fair Division HISTORIOGRAPHY New World Societies: Comparative Approaches BIBLIOGRAPHY Primary and Secondary Sources NOTES ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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David Hackett Fischer teaches history at Brandeis University. His books include The Great Wave, Albion's Seed, and Liberty and Freedom. Washington's Crossing was a New York Times bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Champlain's Dream was an international bestseller, and won McGill's Cundill Award for Excellence in 2008.


"Fischer has written an engaging work of interest to both general readers and historians. His excellent introduction to the relative weighting of thse key values in New Zealand and the United States should encourage scholars to emabrk on broader studies of why shared commitments to fairness and freedom have resulted in different balances in the histories of open societies." --Journal of American History "A pioneering, illuminating, and at times startling book...Ambitious and observant...Fairness and Freedom is a work of frequently profound historical and social analysis" --The Atlantic, also selected as one of the 15 best books reviewed in The Atlantic or published in 2012 "[FAIRNESS AND FREEDOM] provides valuable insight into the American identity . . . In an era of increasing inequality, his is a timely argument, and one well worth hearing." --Washington Post Book World "So far it is the best non-fiction book of the year, by a clear mark." --Tyler Cowen, MarginalRevolution.com "Comparative history at its liveliest." --Publishers Weekly

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