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James Christopher Belich, ONZM (born 1956) is a New Zealandmarker revisionist historian, known for his work on the New Zealand Wars.

Of Croatian descent, he was born in Wellingtonmarker in 1956, the son of Sir James Belich, who later became Mayor of Wellington.

He gained an M.A. in history at Victoria Universitymarker before being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1978 and travelling to Oxfordmarker to complete his D.Phil at Nuffield Collegemarker. He lectured at Victoria University of Wellingtonmarker for several years before moving to the University of Aucklandmarker. In 2007 he was appointed Professor of History at the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University.

The New Zealand Wars (1987) 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.

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).

Belich was made an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List for service to historic research.

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