Synopses & Reviews
A History of the Pacific Islands
traces the human history of nearly one-third of the globe over a 50,000 year span. This is history on a grand scale, taking the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia from prehistoric culture to the present day through a skillful interpretation of scholarship in the field. Fischer's familiarity with work in archaeology and anthropology as well as in history enriches the text, making this a book with wide appeal for students and general readers.
"A magnificent achievement - richly informative and engagingly written." --Harvey Whitehouse, Queens 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
"A History of the Pacific Islands" traces the human history of nearly one third of the globe over a 50,000-year span, taking the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia from prehistoric culture to the present day.
About the Author
Steven Roger Fischer
is at the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures.
Table of Contents
The First Islanders * Melanesians, Micronesians, Polynesians * The European Trespass * The Second Colonization * New Pacific Identities * Pacific Islanders in Transit * Reinventing Pacific Islands * The 'New Pacific'