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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of the Pacific Islands

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230362680
Publication Date April 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Essential Histories series

A History of the Pacific Islands traces the human history of nearly one-third of the globe over a fifty-thousand 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 skilful 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.

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).

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

Reviews

'Updating the first edition of his book, independent scholar Fischer follows Pacific history up to 2012. His account adds to the relatively few historical overviews of the region...Recommended.' - Choice
'A magnificent achievement - richly informative and engagingly written.' - Harvey Whitehouse, Queen's University of Belfast
'In substance and in style it has a discernably individual style that I find appealing and which will make it very useful in a range of undergraduate courses.' - Hugh Laracy, University of Auckland, New Zealand
'Steven Roger Fischer's History of the Pacific Islands is an excellent book that provides encyclopedic coverage of the field. It offers fascinating information not only to interested laymen, but also to students and experts working in the field and doing research in the area.' - Professor Dr Gunter Senft, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
'An excellent, comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the Pacific Islands, from prehistoric movements to modern political and economic realities. Recommended for all students of the Pacific.' - Professor Donald Tuzin, University of California, USA
'This is, in my view, the best recent introduction to Pacific history, one ideally suited for undergraduate study and for general readers.' - H. G. A. Hughes, Corwen, Wales, Reference Reviews
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