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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 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

"It has a discernibly individual style that I find appealing and which will make it very useful in a range of undergraduate courses." --Hugh Laracy, University of Auckland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333949757
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven Roger Fischer is at the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures.
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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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