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Possessing the Pacific : land, settlers, and indigenous people from Australia to Alaska

Author: Stuart Banner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of colonial settlement in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, and how the settlers acquired vast amounts of land from the indigenous people. This acquisition still shapes the relations between whites and indigenous people in most of the world.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Banner
ISBN: 9780674026124 0674026128
OCLC Number: 122715303
Notes: Includes New Zealand and Pacific content.
Description: vi, 388 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Pacific World and Its Atlantic Antecedents --
1. Australia: Terra Nullius by Design --
2. New Zealand: Conquest by Contract --
3. New Zealand: Conquest by Land Tenure Reform --
4. Hawaii: Preparing To Be Colonized --
5. California: Terra Nullius by Default --
6. British Columbia: Terra Nullius as Kindness --
7. Oregon and Washington: Compulsory Treaties --
8. Fiji and Tonga: The Importance of Indigenous Political Organization --
9. Alaska: Occupancy and Neglect --
Conclusion: What Produced Colonial Land Policy?
Responsibility: Stuart Banner.
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During the 19th century, British and American settlers acquired a vast amount of land from indigenous people throughout the Pacific, but in no two places did they acquire it the same way. This book  Read more...

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[Banner's] overarching argument is an important one: dispelling the myth that colonization patterns were driven by policies set at home. This original and significant study will appeal to readers Read more...

 
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