New PDF release: A history of the Pacific Islands

By Steven R. Fischer

ISBN-10: 0333949757

ISBN-13: 9780333949757

A background of the Pacific Islands lines the human historical past of approximately one-third of the globe over a 50,000 12 months span. this is often historical past on a grand scale, taking the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia from prehistoric tradition to the current day via a skillful interpretation of scholarship within the box. Fischer's familiarity with paintings in archaeology and anthropology in addition to in historical past enriches the textual content, making this a ebook with large allure for college kids and common readers.

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Well before 12 000 years ago, Archaic Papuan hunter-gatherers had occupied Highland, Lowland and coastal regions of New Guinea, the Bismarcks and the Solomons (it is assumed). As most ancient coastal sites were gradually inundated over the Page 6 4000 years of rising sea levels, those sites which had once represented the most densely populated Archaic Papuan settlements now lay underwater. ) New Papuan societies and languages began differentiating under drastically changed geographical and environmental conditions.

Page xii Yet a ‘New Pacific’ is emerging in this era of foment, home to an innovative hybrid people wishing to incorporate the best of both worlds, the Pacific and the West. Directed at a popular audience who possess no specialist training in Pacific Studies, this book is a contemporary measure of Pacific Islands’ greater story. Through retrospective analysis it addresses current issues confronting small islands in a globalized marketplace and environment. In accordance with the format of the Palgrave Essential Histories series, it adopts a Western-derived chronological structure.

Publisher : isbn10 | asin : 0333949757 print isbn13 : 9780333949757 ebook isbn13 : 9781403913753 language : subject publication date : lcc : ddc : subject : Page i A HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS Page ii PALGRAVE ESSENTIAL HISTORIES General Editor: Jeremy Black This series of compact, readable and informative histories is designed to appeal to anyone wishing to gain a broad understanding of a country's history – whether they are a student, a traveller, a professional or a general reader. G. Roberts Page iii A History of the Pacific Islands Steven Roger Fischer Page iv � Steven Roger Fischer 2002 All rights reserved.

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