A History Of The Pacific Islands

A History Of The Pacific Islands

by Steven Roger Fischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0333949757

ISBN-13: 9780333949757

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Although under 300 pages, this volume is impressive in its scope, covering all of the Pacific Islands, from the earliest times to the present, and in its command of the material. Among the topics covered are a summary of the people and culture of the islands; the history and impact of colonization; and the impact of succeeding practices and events, such as illness,

Overview

Although under 300 pages, this volume is impressive in its scope, covering all of the Pacific Islands, from the earliest times to the present, and in its command of the material. Among the topics covered are a summary of the people and culture of the islands; the history and impact of colonization; and the impact of succeeding practices and events, such as illness, trade, nuclear testing, and the current political struggles. Fischer is director of the Institute of Polynesian languages and literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333949757
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Series:
Palgrave Essential Histories Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsx
Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxiv
Introductionxvi
1The First Islanders1
From Sunda to Sahul1
Ancient Near Oceania6
The Austronesians and Lapita10
Into Remote Oceania14
Archaic Pacific Islands19
2Melanesians, Micronesians, Polynesians23
Melanesia24
Micronesia27
Polynesia30
Regional Characteristics41
'Mystery Islands' and Outliers43
Oceanic Systems47
Gender Roles53
Social Structures and Warfare56
Traditional Production and Economies65
Belief Systems and Art70
On the Eve of European Incursion78
3The European Trespass81
First Outsiders81
Britain and France88
Sealers, Traders and Whalers95
Missionaries102
The Outsiders' Pacific Islands108
Pacific Islanders and Outsiders112
4The Second Colonization120
A Century of Displacement120
New Zealand Becomes British123
Tahiti and the French130
Hawai'i136
Samoa142
Tonga146
Fiji149
Greater Melanesia153
Micronesia162
5New Pacific Identities169
Colonial Realities in the Early Twentieth Century169
New Zealand Becomes a Nation171
The Integration of Melanesia174
The USA in the Pacific181
Tonga and Western Samoa183
France in the Pacific188
Japan's Micronesian Colonies191
The Colonial Legacy194
6Pacific Islanders in Transit201
War in the Pacific201
Islanders in Uniform205
The Challenge of Peace210
Towards a Freer Pacific214
Myth and Reality220
7Reinventing Pacific Islands230
The Nuclear Pacific230
Independence and Beyond239
Neocolonialism and Vestigial Colonialism250
8The 'New Pacific'262
The Diaspora262
Changing Economies269
Women in the Pacific275
Pacific Sport278
Modern Pacific Identities280
Towards a 'Union of Pacific Islands'283
Selected Further Reading287
Index298

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