A History of the Pacific Islands (Palgrave Essential Histories Series 2nd Revised edition)

A History of the Pacific Islands (Palgrave Essential Histories Series 2nd Revised edition)

By: Steven Roger Fischer (author)Paperback

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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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About Author

STEVEN ROGER FISCHER is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland, New Zealand, and has authored and edited more than one hundred books and articles. He is best known for his successful decipherment of Easter Island's rongorongo script, and of ancient Crete's Phaistos Disk.


List of Maps Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Maps 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

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/03/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780230362697
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780230362697
  • weight: 456
  • ISBN10: 0230362699
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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