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A History of the Pacific Islands (2nd Edition)

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 368
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Macmillan Essential Histories

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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 over 50,000 years of human presence in an area which...

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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 over 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. Thoroughly revised and updated in light of the most recent scholarship, the second edition includes:• an overview of the events and developments in the Pacific Islands over the last decade• coverage of the latest archaeological discoveries • several new maps• an updated and expanded bibliography Steven Roger Fischer's unique text provides a highly accessible and invaluable introduction to the history of an area which is currently emerging as pivotal in international affairs.

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A comprehensive, compact and accessible introduction to the 50,000 year history of an area that is becoming pivotal in world affairsNew edition includes an overview of the last decade's developments, coverage of recent archaeological discoveries, four new maps, and an expanded bibliography Written from a Pacific (not European) viewpoint, it examines the varied genealogy of all Pacific peoples and explores the rich inheritance left by invading cultures

List of Maps
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The First Islanders
Melanesians, Micronesians, Polynesians
The European Trespass
The Second Colonization
New Pacific Identities
Pacific Islanders in Transit
Re-Inventing Pacific Islands
The 'New Pacific'
Selected Further Reading
Index.

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STEVEN ROGER FISCHER is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland, New Zealand, and has authored and edited more than 150 books and articles. For his celebrated decipherments of ancient scripts he was elected in 2010 a Fellow of the Royal Society (New Zealand).

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STEVEN ROGER FISCHER is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland, New Zealand, and has authored and edited more than 150 books and articles. For his celebrated decipherments of ancient scripts he was elected in 2010 a Fellow of the Royal Society (New Zealand).

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