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A History of the Pacific Islands (Palgrave Essential Histories Series) [Paperback]

Dr Steven Roger Fischer
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13 Mar 2013 0230362699 978-0230362697 2nd edition
This wide-ranging study of the Pacific Islands provides a dynamic and provocative account of the peopling of the Pacific, and its broad impact on world history. Spanning over 50,000 years of human presence in an area which comprises one-third of our planet – Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia – the narrative follows the development of the region, from New Guinea's earliest settlement to the creation of the modern Pacific states.

Thoroughly revised and updated in light of the most recent scholarship, the second edition includes:
• an overview of the events and developments in the Pacific Islands over the last decade
• coverage of the latest archaeological discoveries
• several new maps
• an updated and expanded bibliography

Steven Roger Fischer's unique text provides a highly accessible and invaluable introduction to the history of an area which is currently emerging as pivotal in international affairs.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition edition (13 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230362699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230362697
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A magnificent achievement - richly informative and engagingly written.' - Harvey Whitehouse, Queen's University of Belfast

'In substance and in style it has a discernably individual style that I find
appealing and which will make it very useful in a range of undergraduate
courses.' - Hugh Laracy, University of Auckland

'Steven Roger Fischer's History of the Pacific Islands is an excellent book that provides encyclopedic coverage of the field. It offers fascinating information not only to interested laymen, but also to students and experts working in the field and doing research in the area.' - Professor Dr Gunter Senft, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

'An excellent, comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the Pacific Islands, from prehistoric movements to modern political and economic realities. Recommended for all students of the Pacific.' - Professor Donald Tuzin, University of California, USA

'This is, in my view, the best recent introduction to Pacific history, one ideally suited for undergraduate study and for general readers.' - H. G. A. Hughes, Corwen, Wales, Reference Reviews

Book Description

An accessible and comprehensive introduction to the cultural, social and economic history of the Pacific Islands, updated to include coverage of the last ten years

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sevice thank you 25 July 2014
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Such a well written history, will treasure this volume. Excellent sevice thank you.
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