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Queen Sälote of Tonga: The Story of an Era 1900-1965 (review)

Queen Sälote of Tonga: The Story of an Era 1900-1965 (review) 526 the contemporary pacific • fall 2000 a scholar, Wood-Ellem both made use Queen Sälote of Tonga: The Story of extraordinary venues of access to of an Era 1900–1965, by Elizabeth information and had the distanced Wood-Ellem. Auckland: Auckland critical eye of an outsider’s inquiry. University Press, 1999. isbn 1-86940- This is a carefully considered and 205-7, xviii + 376 pages, maps, figures, weighed history of events and persons, photographs, illustrations, notes, glos- produced according to the highest sary, bibliography, index. nz$69.95. standards of scholarship, yet at every turn it is an intimate, empathetic The appearance of this work is a land- account as well. Written very much mark event for all those scholars inter- from the Queen’s point of view, it suc- ested in the historic development of ceeds at being both biography and modern Tongan society as well as for “the story of an era” as its subtitle Tongans themselves in their seeking claims. Perhaps, only in an aristocen- a systematic understanding of their tric society that is structured by king- own recent historic past. It is also a ship from top to bottom has such an very good, well-crafted read, an exem- achievement of writing the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Queen Sälote of Tonga: The Story of an Era 1900-1965 (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2001

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Abstract

526 the contemporary pacific • fall 2000 a scholar, Wood-Ellem both made use Queen Sälote of Tonga: The Story of extraordinary venues of access to of an Era 1900–1965, by Elizabeth information and had the distanced Wood-Ellem. Auckland: Auckland critical eye of an outsider’s inquiry. University Press, 1999. isbn 1-86940- This is a carefully considered and 205-7, xviii + 376 pages, maps, figures, weighed history of events and persons, photographs, illustrations, notes, glos- produced according to the highest sary, bibliography, index. nz$69.95. standards of scholarship, yet at every turn it is an intimate, empathetic The appearance of this work is a land- account as well. Written very much mark event for all those scholars inter- from the Queen’s point of view, it suc- ested in the historic development of ceeds at being both biography and modern Tongan society as well as for “the story of an era” as its subtitle Tongans themselves in their seeking claims. Perhaps, only in an aristocen- a systematic understanding of their tric society that is structured by king- own recent historic past. It is also a ship from top to bottom has such an very good, well-crafted read, an exem- achievement of writing the

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Published: Jul 1, 2001

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