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

Queen Salote of Tonga: The Story of an Era 1900-1965 (review) the contemporary pacific · fall 2000 a scholar, Wood-Ellem both made use of extraordinary venues of access to information and had the distanced critical eye of an outsider's inquiry. This is a carefully considered and weighed history of events and persons, produced according to the highest standards of scholarship, yet at every turn it is an intimate, empathetic account as well. Written very much from the Queen's point of view, it succeeds at being both biography and "the story of an era" as its subtitle claims. Perhaps, only in an aristocentric society that is structured by kingship from top to bottom has such an achievement of writing the history of the monarch simultaneously with that of the society been possible. Wood-Ellem claims that her history is the fulfillment of the desire of Queen Sälote herself for a history of Tonga including her reign. It is also likely to be the fulfillment of a family legacy: Dr Wood's brief, but much used text, History and Geography of Tonga, was influential in giving generations of Tongans a structured sense of their early history (it was referred to authoritatively and countless times in the villages where I lived in the 1970s); http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2000

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the contemporary pacific · fall 2000 a scholar, Wood-Ellem both made use of extraordinary venues of access to information and had the distanced critical eye of an outsider's inquiry. This is a carefully considered and weighed history of events and persons, produced according to the highest standards of scholarship, yet at every turn it is an intimate, empathetic account as well. Written very much from the Queen's point of view, it succeeds at being both biography and "the story of an era" as its subtitle claims. Perhaps, only in an aristocentric society that is structured by kingship from top to bottom has such an achievement of writing the history of the monarch simultaneously with that of the society been possible. Wood-Ellem claims that her history is the fulfillment of the desire of Queen Sälote herself for a history of Tonga including her reign. It is also likely to be the fulfillment of a family legacy: Dr Wood's brief, but much used text, History and Geography of Tonga, was influential in giving generations of Tongans a structured sense of their early history (it was referred to authoritatively and countless times in the villages where I lived in the 1970s);

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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