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Lal, Brij V.

Works: 127 works in 551 publications in 2 languages and 21,167 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Case studies  Biography  Anecdotes  Fiction  Festschriften  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree
Classifications: DU600, 995
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Most widely held works about Brij V Lal
Most widely held works by Brij V Lal
Broken waves : a history of the Fiji Islands in the twentieth century by Brij V Lal( )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plantation workers : resistance and accommodation by Brij V Lal( )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of plantation laborers are usually depicted in terms reminiscent of eighteenth-century soldiering - nasty, brutish, and short. While the structures governing their lives varied from place to place and over time, the authoritarian and coercive nature of the plantation system itself remained pervasive. Recent research has shown, however, that the responses of plantation workers to the demands of their workplace were in fact quite variable, from acquiescence to outright rebellion, from collaboration with management to attempts to carve out private lives offering a sense of self-esteem. By focusing on the relationship between resistance and accommodation, Plantation Workers provides the first systematic examination of the kinds of responses offered to the plantation regime. The essays cast an analytical eye over the contexts of workers' lives within which resistance and accommodation were played out. Looking at these responses as two aspects of the same activity, contributors account for the circumstances under which worker resistance could be mounted and, conversely, employer pressure sustained. Most chapters focus on the Pacific Islands, but the collection includes studies from Latin America and Australia, enabling a comparative evaluation of the actual working experiences of plantation laborers and a more nuanced understanding of the people who labored in the "factories in the field." Plantation Workers is a valuable addition to Pacific Islands historiography, comparative labor history, the history of race relations, and peasant studies
Coup : reflections on the political crisis in Fiji by Michael Pretes( )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathering together a handful of memoirs, this book considers those tragic events when Fiji's democratically elected multiracial government was hijacked and held hostage for 50 days in Suva. These are personal, anguished reactions from people of all walks of life, concerned for the distressing developments in their country
Bittersweet : the Indo-Fijian experience by Brij V Lal( )

15 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bittersweet marks the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first girmitiyas in Fiji. Ranging across the past and present, these essays, memoirs, short fiction and poetry introduce readers to Indo-Fijians and their world. The collection includes commentaries on sport, health, education and psychology, punctuated by vignettes of social interaction, familial relations and the pain of displacement." "Illustrated with rich colour photographs, Bittersweet is a testament to the complexity of the Indo-Fijian experience."--Jacket
Tides of history : the Pacific Islands in the twentieth century by K. R Howe( )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A detailed account of the recent history of the Pacific Islands from colonial times and first European settlements to the present day. The approach is a mixture of chronological and geographical. The political and social effects on colonial and former colonial countries are analysed
Political life writing in the Pacific : reflections on practice by Brij V Lal( )

14 editions published in 2015 in 3 languages and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collection touches on aspects of the life writing art that are particularly pertinent to political figures: public perception and ideology; identifying important political successes and policy initiatives; grappling with issues like corruption and age-old political science questions about leadership and dirty hands
Fiji before the storm : elections and the politics of development by Brij V Lal( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A racially-weighted Constitution, promulgated by decree in 1990, divided the country and invited international condemnation, and the economy suffered from the collapse of institutions of good governance. In 1995, an independent Constitution Review Commision appointed by the Fijian parliament, recommended wide-ranging changes to the Constitution. Its report formed the basis of a new Constitution promulgated, after wide-ranging consultation and debate, in 1997. Two years later, Fiji held a general election under it. This collection of essays looks at the politics and dynamics of that momentous event, and the role of key individuals and institutions in producing an outcome that, a year later, plunged Fiji into its first major crisis of the twenty-first century. The essays look at some of the key political and development issues on the eve of the crisis, but the relevance to the current debates about the nature and meaning of politics in Fiji remains. All the contributors are recognised and longstanding specialists in their fields
Islands of turmoil : elections and politics in Fiji by Brij V Lal( )

16 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By rights, the island nation of Fiji should be thriving. It is easily the most developed country in the South Pacific; it is a hub for regional transportation and communication links, the home of international diplomatic, educational and aid organisations, with a talented multiethnic population. Yet, since its independence it has suffered two military coups in 1987 and an attempted putsch in 2000, resulting in strained race relations, damage to the economy, poorly developed public institutions, and disrupted improvements to essential infrastructure, and to educational, social and medical services."--Jacket
Electoral systems in divided societies : the Fiji constitution review by Brij V Lal( )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1987, Fiji had its first change of government since the country became independent in 1970. ... A new Constitution was drawn up to replace the one adopted at Independence in 1970. ... The 1990 Constitution contained provisions for its own review within seven years (Section 161). The Review was eventually 2 commissioned in March 1995, and reported in September 1996. ... The chapters in this book assess the CRC's recommendations about the system of electing members of Parliament. ... The following chapters are based on papers presented at a workshop held at ANU's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies in Canberra in January 1997"--Introduction
Telling Pacific lives : prisms of process by Vicki Luker( )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume of essays is an exploration of the way in which scholars from different disciplines, standpoints and theoretical orientations attempt to write life stories in the Pacific. It is the product of a conference organised by the Division of Pacific and Asian History at The Australian National University in December 2005. The aim of the conference was to explore ways in which Pacific lives are read and constructed through a variety of media: films, fiction, faction, history under four overarching themes. The first, Framing Lives, sought to explore various ways of constructing a life from a classic western perspective of birth, formation, experiences and death of an individual to other ways, for example, life as secondary to a longer genealogical entity, life as a symbol of collective experience, individual lives captured and fragmented in a mosaic of others, lives made meaningful by their implication in a particular historical or cultural web, the underlying values and world views that inform one or another approach to framing a life. The second theme, the Stuff of Life, looked at materials, methods and collaborative arrangements with which the biographer, autobiographer and recorder work, their objectives, constraints, inspirations, challenges and tricks. The third section, Story Lines, focused on formats and genres such as edited diaries, collections of writings, voice recordings, genres of biography autobiography, truth and fiction (verse, dance, novels) and the varieties and different advantages of narrative shapes that crystallise the telling of a life. The final section, Telling Lives/Changing Lives, focused on biography/autobiography and the consciousness of identity, history, purpose, lives as witness and windows, telling lives as change for those involved in the tale, the telling, the listening. The overall aim was to bring out both the generic or universal challenges of telling lives as well as to highlight the particular tendencies and trends in the Pacific. Yet these four themes, which seemed analytically promising at the outset, proved in practice difficult to disentangle from the presentations at the workshop"--Provided by publisher
The Coombs : a house of memories by Allison Ley( )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Multiple languages and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Coombs Building at The Australian National University is a Canberra icon. Named after one of Australia's greatest administrators and public intellectuals--'Nugget' Herbert Cole Coombs--for more than forty years the building has housed two of the University's four foundational Schools: the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies and the Research School of Social Sciences. This volume of recollections is about the former. It looks at life in the building through the prism of personal experience and happenstance. Part memoir, part biography, and part celebration, this book is about the people of Coombs, past and present. Through evocative and lucid reflections, present and former denizens of the building share their passions and predilections, quietly savour their accomplishments and recall the failings and foibles of the past with a kindly tolerance."--Amazon
In the eye of the storm : Jai Ram Reddy and the politics of postcolonial Fiji by Brij V Lal( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To read this evocative book is to be thrust into a Fiji that has, for the moment, been snuffed out by military might: a Fiji of political parties, parliamentary politics, elections, manifestoes, campaigns, democractic defence of interests, party manoeuvres, and constitutional protection of rights and freedoms. It is a comprehensive and eloquent re-telling of the story of Fiji politics from independence in 1970 to 1999 through the perspective of Fiji's greatest living statesman, Jai Ram Reddy, by one of the world's most distinguished scholars of its history and politics."--Publisher's description
The Pacific Islands : an encyclopedia by Brij V Lal( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Island profiles include American Samoa, Chatham Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, Rotuma, French Polynesia, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Irian Jaya, Kermadec islands, Kirbati, Kiritimati, Christmas Island, Malden Island, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands, Niue, Norfolk island, Northern Mariana Islands, Ogasawara Islands, Bonin Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Rapanui, Easter Island, Ryukyu Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Torres Strait Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu Wallis and Futuna
A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, 1929-1969 by A. D Patel( )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of the writings and speeches of one of Fiji's greatest statesmen, the late Mr AD Patel, points to a different future which, if allowed to come to fruition, would have spared Fiji the fate it later encountered in its postcolonial journey. As a leader, Mr Patel was unmatchable in intellect and oratorical brilliance, glimpses of which we see in this volume. Dr Lal deserves to be congratulated for his patience and perseverance in completing this project. This book will find an honoured place among others on Fiji's complex and contested modern history
A vision for change : AD patel and the politics of Fiji by Brij V Lal( )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr Lal's book is more than an eloquent account of the political struggle of one of Fiji's outstanding leaders. It is a timely reminder that the process of constitutional change hangs in the balance, as it did at the time of Mr Patel's death. I hope his example will inspire future generations in Fiji to realise the vision articulated by a brilliant and courageous advocate of democracy, and a loyal son of Fiji
Turnings : Fiji factions by Brij V Lal( )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through Dr Lal's refreshingly clear and powerful prose and sharply observed stories, we enter the inner world of Indo- Fijian feeling and aspiration. One universal that emerges with particular clarity in the Indo-Fijian experience is the ceaseless struggle to find community in a changing world, balancing the beauty of ritual and tradition against the transcendent value of education and modern rationality. The volume poses the question of how people draw upon historical memory and immediate circumstances to create a social world, and how that world can be shared with others in multicultural society. The answer seems to lie somewhere between history and poetry, as in Dr Lal's 'factions.' -Back cover
A time bomb lies buried : Fiji's road to independence, 1960-1970 by Brij V Lal( )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Concise history of Fijian politics from 1960-1970 with focus onindependence movement"--Provided by publisher
Bearing witness : essays in honour of Brij V.Lal( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is a pleasure to commend this collection of very different essays that celebrate, reflect upon and extend the life and work of a remarkable scholar. Although I have had, at times, a close association with Brij Lal’s life and work, I have learned much from reading this book. It provokes further thought about the course of democracy in Fiji, and the very sorry state and future of Pacific history and the humanities in academia. Here is a timely assertion of the significance and major contribution that courageous scholars such as Brij have made to the study and public awareness of these areas of concern"--Jacqueline Leckie, University of Otago
The 2006 military takeover in Fiji : the coup to end all coups? by Stewart Firth( )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the factors behind - and the implications of - the 2006 coup. It brings together contributions from leading scholars, local personalities, civil society activists, union leaders, journalists, lawyers, soldiers and politicians - including deposed Prime Ministers Laisenia Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry. The 2006 Military Takeover in Fiji: A Coup to End All Coups? is essential reading for those with an interest in the contemporary history of Fiji, politics in deeply divided societies, or in militaryintervention in civilian politics"--Publisher's description
The encyclopedia of the Indian diaspora( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers both scholars and lay readers information and insights into the history, growth and development of Indian communities around the world. This work aims to provide an understanding of Indian history, evident in the political, cultural and economic histories of diverse diasporic communities around the world
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Bittersweet : the Indo-Fijian experience
Bittersweet : the Indo-Fijian experienceTides of history : the Pacific Islands in the twentieth centuryIslands of turmoil : elections and politics in FijiIn the eye of the storm : Jai Ram Reddy and the politics of postcolonial FijiThe Pacific Islands : an encyclopediaA time bomb lies buried : Fiji's road to independence, 1960-1970The 2006 military takeover in Fiji : the coup to end all coups?The encyclopedia of the Indian diaspora
Alternative Names
Brij Lal Fijian historian

Brij Lal historiador fiyiano

Brij Lal Indiaas historicus

Brij V. Lal

Lal, Brij B.

Lal, Brij V.

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Lal, Brij Vilash

Lal, Brij Vilash 1952-

Lāla, Br̥ja Vilāśa