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Texts and Contexts : Reflections in Pacific Islands Historiography

Author: Brij V Lal; Doug Munro
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2005] ©2005
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Texts and Contexts is concerned with the development of Pacific Islands history as a specialization in its own right. Specifically, this volume examines the foundational texts that pioneered and consolidated the new subdiscipline and served as the building blocks and stepping stone for further developments in the field. Thirty-five texts, all of which represent defining points in the development of Pacific Islands  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brij V Lal; Doug Munro
ISBN: 082484291X 9780824842918
OCLC Number: 1013960827
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
The Text in Its Context: An Introduction / Lal, Brij V. / Munro, Doug --
Part I. General Regional --
1. Fatal Choices? Morrell's and Scarr's Imperial Histories / Samson, Jane --
2. On Douglas Oliver's The Pacific Islands / Munro, Doug --
3. Oskar Spate's Trilogy / Williams, Glyndwr --
4. Where theWaves Fall--or, Playing the Generalist Game / Munro, Doug --
Part II. Methodologies --
5. Voyagers and Navigators: The Sharp-Lewis Debate / Howe, K. R. --
6. The Evolution of Marshall Sahlins / Goldsmith, Michael --
7. Revisioning the Pacific: Bernard Smith in the South Seas / Ryan, Tom --
8. More Celebrated than Read: TheWork of Norma McArthur / Campbell, I. C. --
9. Two Pacific Biographies: Hubert Murray and Father Damien / West, Francis --
Part III. Activities --
10. The Missionary Position: Messengers of Grace and TheWorks of Ta'unga / Laracy, Hugh --
11. Of Islands and Sandalwood: Shineberg, Maude, and the Hidden History of Trade / Douglas, Bronwen / Munro, Doug --
12. Unsettling New Zealand History: The Revisionism of Sinclair and Ward / O'Malley, Vincent --
13. Passage across the Sea: Indentured Labor to Fiji and from the Solomons / Lal, Brij V. --
14. Trumpet and Road: Two Classic Cargo Texts / Lindstrom, Lamont --
Part IV. Island Groups --
15. Living in Archives and Dreams: The Histories of Kuykendall and Daws / Osorio, Jonathan K. --
16. On Hezel's The First Taint of Civilization / Hanlon, David --
17. On Greg Dening's Islands and Beaches / Brady, Ivan --
18. Disentangling Samoan History: The Contributions of Gilson and Davidson / Munro, Doug --
19. The Last Unknown: Gavin Souter and the Historiography of New Guinea / Ballard, Chris --
Contributors --
Index
Responsibility: Brij V. Lal, Doug Munro.

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Texts and Contexts is concerned with the development of Pacific Islands history as a specialization in its own right. Specifically, this volume examines the foundational texts that pioneered and consolidated the new subdiscipline and served as the building blocks and stepping stone for further developments in the field. Thirty-five texts, all of which represent defining points in the development of Pacific Islands historiography, are examined. Much more than retrospective appraisals of the foundational texts, the individual chapters consider a text or complimentary texts within the context of the time of writing and gauge what ongoing influence they exerted. In some cases they suggest how a particular text has been superseded by subsequent work that breaks new conceptual ground in the ongoing process of revisionism. Contributors: Chris Ballard on Gavin Souter; Ivan Brady on Greg Dening; I. C. Campbell on Norma McArthur; Bronwen Douglas and Doug Munro on H. E. Maude and Dorothy Shineberg; Michael Goldsmith on Marshall Sahlins; David Hanlon on Francis X. Hezel; K. R. Howe on Andrew Sharp and David Lewis; Brij V.Lal on K. L. Gillion and Peter Corris; Hugh Laracy on Niel Gunson and Ta'unga; Lamont Lindstrom on Peter Worsley and Peter Lawrence; Doug Munro on Douglas L. Oliver, R. P. Gilson, J. W. Davidson, and K. R. Howe; Vincent O'Malley on Keith Sinclair and Alan Ward; Jon Osorio on Ralph Kuykendall and Gavan Daws; Tom Ryan on Bernard Smith; Jane Samson on W. P. Morrell and Deryck Scarr; Francis West on Francis West and Gavan Daws; Glyndwr Williams on O. H. K. Spate.

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