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The Cambridge history of the Pacific Islanders

Corporate Author: Cambridge University Press.
Other Authors: Denoon, Donald.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y., USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997
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Flap copy boasts that this volume "makes a landmark contribution" to understanding the peoples who inhabit the large and diverse area of Oceania. This assertion is correct. Denoon, the chief editor, modestly states in the preface that "We seek to provide clear and reliable first words, not to lay down the last word." One contributor is a playwright; others come from disciplines such as archaeology, geography, political science, history, and, of course, anthropology. Contributors are not themselves islanders but are writers who try to incorporate the voice of the islanders into their narratives. The volume is divided in two parts chronologically at 1941. Thirteen chapters, each with descriptive bibliography, include "Discovering Outsiders," "Pacific Edens?," and "A Nuclear Pacific." A glossary and general bibliography are found at the end of the book. The work is very rich indeed, appealing to specialists as well as to curious general readers. All libraries. J. C. Perry Tufts University

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