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ISLANDERS

THE PACIFIC IN THE AGE OF EMPIRES

ISLANDERS: The Pacific in the Age of Empire by NICHOLAS THOMAS: This icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page!by NICHOLAS THOMAS

First published 2010 by Yale University Press, New Haven and London

ISBN 978 0 300 12438 5

A green cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine the bottom of which is very lightly shelf bumped. The endpapers are navy and, although barely discernable, a small date has been written in blue ink. Carefully read; book and wrapper are in at least VERY GOOD PLUS condition.
336 pages 165 mm. x 235 mm 36 mm. Weight wrapped <950 grams..

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BOOK'S BACK JACKET BLURBS

Islanders

THE PACIFIC IN THE AGE OF EMPIRE
NICHOLAS THOMAS


This compelling book explores the lived experience of empire in the Pacific, the last region to be contacted and colonised by Europeans following the great voyages of Captain Cook. Unlike conventional accounts which emphasise confrontation and the destruction of indigenous cultures, Islanders reveals there was gain as well as loss, survival as well as suffering and invention as well as exploitation.

Empowered by imaginative research in obscure archives and collections, Nicholas Thomas rediscovers a rich and surprising history of encounters, not only between Islanders and Europeans, but among Islanders, brought together in new ways by explorers, missionaries and colonists. He tells the story of the making of empire, not through an impersonal survey, but through vivid stories of the lives of men and women — some visionary, some vicious and some just eccentric — and through sensuous evocation of seascapes and landscapes of the Pacific. A fascinating re-creation of an Oceanic world, Islanders offers a new paradigm, not only for histories of the Pacific, but for understandings of cultural contact everywhere.

NICHOLAS THOMAS is Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Professor of Historical Anthropology at Cambridge University. He has travelled widely in the Pacific. Among his books is Discoveries: The Voyages of Captain Cook (2003).

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BOOK CONTENTS

List of Illustrations
Map

Introduction

PART ONE: THE BIBLE AND THE GUNISLANDERS: The Pacific in the Age of Empire by NICHOLAS THOMAS:  A photograph of this book, again, to show the appearance and condition.

        1. A plan of great extent and importance
        2. The Typees fought us to the last
        3. If King Georgie would send him a vessel
        4. Not a vestige of idolatry was to be seen
        5. Haunted by the example of Cook

        PART TWO: THE TRIBE AND THE ARMY
        Labour, Land, Sovereignty

        1. The smell of burning flesh is not pleasant
        2. A new phase of piracy
        3. Man-o'-war all same old woman!
        4. The whites would serve the natives
        5. Our paradise became a hell

    Epilogue
    Notes
    Acknowledges
    Index

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