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Imperial Benevolence: Making British Authority in the Pacific Islands (review)

Imperial Benevolence: Making British Authority in the Pacific Islands (review) 09-CP 12-1 (br pp.256-293) 2/21/00 8:27 AM Page 270 270 the contemporary pacific • spring 2000 the same colonial airs as Salato for joined at the top, and most of Fiji’s forty-six years, until his death in educated elite were born to privileged 1969. But while Salato quietly and status. As a commoner, Salato was an ably served the system, Patel fought it exception to the rule, but by a quirk with a compelling, clearly articulated of fate and hard work, he gained entry political philosophy; he was a turbu- to the colonial order that provided lent, controversial figure, but there is him with the opportunities and no doubt about the inner fires that upward mobility that would other- fueled his career, and he is a gift to wise have been denied to him” (107). a biographer. This world made Salato. He modeled Salato is a more difficult subject. his speech and his persona on ideals Although he was urged to write his of the English gentleman, as Sukuna autobiography, and was given oppor- and others had done before him. But tunities to do so in later life, that was he remained a commoner, and was evidently not his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Imperial Benevolence: Making British Authority in the Pacific Islands (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (1) – Feb 1, 2001

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09-CP 12-1 (br pp.256-293) 2/21/00 8:27 AM Page 270 270 the contemporary pacific • spring 2000 the same colonial airs as Salato for joined at the top, and most of Fiji’s forty-six years, until his death in educated elite were born to privileged 1969. But while Salato quietly and status. As a commoner, Salato was an ably served the system, Patel fought it exception to the rule, but by a quirk with a compelling, clearly articulated of fate and hard work, he gained entry political philosophy; he was a turbu- to the colonial order that provided lent, controversial figure, but there is him with the opportunities and no doubt about the inner fires that upward mobility that would other- fueled his career, and he is a gift to wise have been denied to him” (107). a biographer. This world made Salato. He modeled Salato is a more difficult subject. his speech and his persona on ideals Although he was urged to write his of the English gentleman, as Sukuna autobiography, and was given oppor- and others had done before him. But tunities to do so in later life, that was he remained a commoner, and was evidently not his

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Published: Feb 1, 2001

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