A History of the Pacific Islands (Palgrave Essential by Steven Roger Fischer

By Steven Roger Fischer

This wide-ranging learn of the Pacific Islands offers a dynamic and provocative account of the peopling of the Pacific, and its wide impression on global heritage. Spanning approximately 50,000 years of human presence in a space which includes one-third of our planet - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia - the narrative follows the advance of the area, from New Guinea's earliest cost to the construction of the trendy Pacific states. It additionally examines the attention-grabbing approaches that have contributed to the formation of the hybrid Pacific we all know today.

A historical past of the Pacific Islands
- lines the terribly diverse family tree of all Pacific peoples, their descent from Papuan tribesmen, Austronesian mariners and international colonists
- examines the wealthy inheritance of the Islands as a result of succeeding waves of invading, then dominating peoples
- explores the impression at the area - in addition to the corresponding worldwide implications - of voyaging, whaling, pandemics, colonization, alternate, exploitation, conflict, nuclear trying out and nationhood

Informed by means of the latest examine and scholarship, Steven Roger Fischer's designated textual content offers a accomplished but concise evaluation of the Pacific Island's earlier. it's a hugely available and valuable advent to the background of a space that's at the moment rising as pivotal in overseas affairs.

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