A History of the Pacific Islands by Steven FischerA History of the Pacific Islands by Steven Fischer

A History of the Pacific Islands

bySteven Fischer

Paperback | March 13, 2013

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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).
Title:A History of the Pacific IslandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:March 13, 2013Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230362699

ISBN - 13:9780230362697

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Table of Contents

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.

Editorial Reviews

'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 findappealing and which will make it very useful in a range of undergraduatecourses.' - Hugh Laracy, University of Auckland'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