A History of the Pacific Islands

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This wide-ranging study of the Pacific Islands provides a dynamic and provocative account of the peopling of the Pacific, and its broad impact on world history. Spanning nearly 50,000 years of human presence in an area which comprises one-third of our planet - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia - the narrative follows the development of the region, from New Guinea's earliest settlement to the creation of the modern Pacific states. It also examines the fascinating processes which have contributed to the formation...
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Overview

This wide-ranging study of the Pacific Islands provides a dynamic and provocative account of the peopling of the Pacific, and its broad impact on world history. Spanning nearly 50,000 years of human presence in an area which comprises one-third of our planet - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia - the narrative follows the development of the region, from New Guinea's earliest settlement to the creation of the modern Pacific states. It also examines the fascinating processes which have contributed to the formation of the hybrid Pacific we know today.
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'A magnificent achievement - richly informative and engagingly written.' - Harvey Whitehouse, Queen's University of Belfast

'In substance and in style it has a discernably individual style that I find appealing and which will make it very useful in a range of undergraduate courses.' - Hugh Laracy, University of Auckland

'Steven Roger Fischer's History of the Pacific Islands is an excellent book that provides encyclopedic coverage of the field. It offers fascinating information not only to interested laymen, but also to students and experts working in the field and doing research in the area.' - Professor Dr Gunter Senft, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

'An excellent, comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the Pacific Islands, from prehistoric movements to modern political and economic realities. Recommended for all students of the Pacific.' - Professor Donald Tuzin, University of California, USA

'This is, in my view, the best recent introduction to Pacific history, one ideally suited for undergraduate study and for general readers.' - H. G. A. Hughes, Corwen, Wales, Reference Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230362697
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/5/2013
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition,Revised Edition,2nd edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 962,049
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN ROGER FISCHER is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland, New Zealand, and has authored and edited more than one hundred books and articles. He is best known for his successful decipherment of Easter Island's rongorongo script, and of ancient Crete's Phaistos Disk.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The First Islanders 1
2 Melanesians, Micronesians, Polynesians 23
3 The European Trespass 81
4 The Second Colonization 120
5 New Pacific Identities 169
6 Pacific Islanders in Transit 201
7 Reinventing Pacific Islands 230
8 The 'New Pacific' 262
Selected Further Reading 287
Index 298
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