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  • 2 b/w illus. 26 maps 3 tables
  • Page extent: 540 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.78 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 995
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: DU28.3 .C33 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Oceania--History
    • Pacific Islanders
    • Ethnology--Oceania

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521003544 | ISBN-10: 0521003547)

This history presents an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to the experiences of Pacific islanders from their first settlement of the islands to the present day. It addresses the question of insularity and explores islanders' experiences thematically, covering such topics as early settlement, contact with Europeans, colonialism, politics, commerce, nuclear testing, tradition, ideology, and the role of women. It incorporates material on the Maori, the Irianese in western New Guinea, the settled immigrant communities in Fiji, New Caledonia and the Hawaiian monarchy and follows migrants to New Zealand, Australia and North America.

• A unique book covering the whole island region from 40,000 BC to present day • Provides balanced presentation of competing interpretations • Organised thematically rather than island-by-island treatment • Written by leading experts on the Pacific region


1. Contending approaches; 2. Settling the region; 3. Pacific Edens?; 4. Discovering outsiders; 5. Land, labour and independence; 6. New political orders; 7. Land, labour and dependency; 8. Invention of the native; 9. The war in the Pacific; 10. A nuclear Pacific; 11. The material world re-made; 12. The ideological world re-made; 13. The end of insularity?


' … this work makes a landmark contribution to our understanding of the Pacific Islands.' University of New South Wales Centre for South Pacific Studies Newsletter


Jocelyn Linnekin, Donald Denoon, Sandra Bowdler, Arrell Tryon, Matthew Spriggs, Robert Langdon, Malama Meleisea, Penelope Schoeffel, Toon van Meijl, Poka Laenui, Stewart Firth, Vicky Lukere, Karin von Strokirch, Karen Nero, Lamont Lindstrom, Brij V. Lal, Ruth Spriggs, Vilsoni Hereniko

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