Age of Enterprise: rediscovering the New Zealand Entrepreneur 1880-1910

Age of Enterprise: rediscovering the New Zealand Entrepreneur 1880-1910

By: Ian Hunter (author)Paperback

1 - 2 weeks availability


The Age of Enterprise is an important book, written for a broad audience, which covers an area little touched by traditional historians such as Keith Sinclair, Jamie Belich or Michael King. It shows how entrepreneurship and innovation transformed the New Zealand economy in the late 19th century and sets our experience in context with other similar developments in settler colonies such as Australia and Latin America. In particular, The Age of Enterprise draws on case studies and historical evidence to reveal that the small, organic, rapidly expanding firm was the potent force in New Zealand's growth - the local, smalltime entrepreneur is the hero of this story. By focusing on the shape of our economic history Ian Hunter here fills a major gap in our knowledge of the colonial period which has so far derived largely from the work of social and political historians.

Create a review


1. The Entrepreneur; 2. Seeds in the ground (1820-1880); 3. The Age of Enterprise (1880-1910); 4. The Problem of Origins; 5. Attitudes to enterprise and industry; 6. Social Capital and Immigrant Entrepreneurship; 7. Overcoming scarcity: Capital and the Entrepreneur; 8. Pursuing Innovation; 9. Risk, Persistence, Focus: A Lifecycle of the Entrepreneur; 10. Conclusion: Roots of Enterprise

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781869403812
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781869403812
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 1869403819

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly