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A History of the Pacific Islands epub ebook

by I. C. Campbell

A History of the Pacific Islands epub ebook

Author: I. C. Campbell
Category: Australia & Oceania
Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press (February 13, 1990)
Pages: 239 pages
ISBN: 0520069013
ISBN13: 978-0520069015
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 474
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A History of the Pacific Islandsis a bright, lively survey of the kind not attempted since Douglas Oliver's celebrated . Dr. Ian Campbell lectures in the History Department at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he teaches several courses in Pacific history

A History of the Pacific Islandsis a bright, lively survey of the kind not attempted since Douglas Oliver's celebrated The Pacific Islands was first published in 1951. History of the Pacific Islands marks the first time in forty years that a balanced and succinct introduction to the peoples of the Pacific islands has been made avaliable to students, travellers, and scholars. Ian Campbell lectures in the History Department at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he teaches several courses in Pacific history. He has been interested in the Pacific islands since first going to live in Tonga at the age of seven.

The Pacific Ocean, approximately one third of the earth's surface, is the setting for a world of islands which were originally occupied by people who achieved the greatest feats of maritime navigation in all human history. Their colonization of this vast expanse was spread over several thousand years, during which time their cultures developed and diversified into a collection of intricate patterns. Over 14 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles.

Start by marking A History of the Pacific Islands as Want to Read .

Start by marking A History of the Pacific Islands as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Ian Campbell's informed and balanced perspective illuminates the development of the rich and fascinating variety of cultures of the Pacific islanders and their e History of the Pacific Islands marks the first time in forty years that a balanced and succinct introduction to the peoples of the Pacific islands has been made avaliable to students, travellers, and scholars.

History of the Pacific Islands covers the history of the islands in the Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is one of the youngest inhabited territories on Earth, and for most of the History of Easter Island it was the most isolated inhabited territory on Earth

Here the author compares and contrast the histories of Islands (and major groups) all over the Pacific and does it very well.

Here the author compares and contrast the histories of Islands (and major groups) all over the Pacific and does it very well. The coverage, Micronesian, Polynesian and Melanesian in one place is something seldom seen. He quantifies things seldom mentioned; mining, foreign aid, commercial fishing in reasonable detail. This is a very well-written introduction to South Pacific history, with the additional bonus of the author rejecting the 'politically correct' bias of more recent works which tend to demonize Europeans and sanctify the 'natives'. A must-read for anyone interested in the Pacific beyond the beaches and resorts.

Ian Campbell's History of the Pacific Islands has been completely revised, largely re-written and expanded to bring the story of the Pacific Islands up to date. It offers a cocise straightforward narrative in a clear, readable style, spanning the entire subject from the first settlement, through the centuries of European contact, to the coming of independence and the developments since then.

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History of the Pacific Islands marks the first time in forty years that a balanced and succinct introduction to the peoples of the Pacific islands has been made avaliable to students, travellers, and scholars. Dr. Ian Campbell's informed and balanced perspective illuminates the development of the rich and fascinating variety of cultures of the Pacific islanders and their experience with intensive European contact during the last two hundred years. A History of the Pacific Islandsis a bright, lively survey of the kind not attempted since Douglas Oliver's celebrated The Pacific Islands was first published in 1951.
Reviews (3)
Dark_Sun
Dull, dull, dull and I'm a professor of History. A better choice would be, "Before the Horror" if you want to stay awake.

Fomand
This book is just what you would expect it to be - a broad overview of the whole of Pacific Island history, spanning the time from prehistoric ages up until about 1990 (I believe later editions which cover even more recent history may be available, but my edition went up until this time). As this obviously covers an enormous amount of time and space - everything from prehistoric Papua New Guinea to modern-day Hawaii is at least touched upon - the amount of detail that the book can go into in 240+ pages is very limited. Nonetheless, it does an excellent job of giving the reader a little bit of information about a wide variety of time periods and different areas. The tone of the book is a bit dry, but not scholarly or boring - I found the pacing and language relatively fast and easy to follow. It also presents a very balanced account - neither ignoring the various injustices and problems created by European contact, nor sentimentalizing indigenous culture and lifestyles. I also felt that the brief concluding chapter wrapped up things very nicely and provided some food for thought.

I would suggest that if you are looking to learn more about a particular part or era of the Pacific, that you look elsewhere, or at least supplement this with extra material, as this book is (of necessity) not overly focused on any one particular topic. However, for a complete summary of the history of this fascinating segment of our world, this is an excellent place to start.

Venemarr
I read this book back in 1995 and am surprised I am the first Amazon user to review it. I found this book tremendously worthwhile.
It is an excellent overview of the history of the Pacific Islands. If you are interested in this topic than you couldn't ask for a better introduction to it than this.

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