book and media reviews 503 ers. Margaret Mead was representa- Texts and Contexts: Reﬂ ections in tive of anthropologists in that era, one Paciﬁ c Islands Historiography, edited in which Paciﬁ c Islanders and other by Doug Munro and Brij V Lal. indigenous peoples around the world Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, were seen as relatively unchanged by 2006. isbn 978-0-8248-2942-1; 264 time and useful as convenient labo- pages, notes, index. us$47.00. ratories for anthropological inquiry. The existing world order went unques- In Texts and Contexts: Reﬂ ections in tioned, and Mead and others in Paciﬁ c Islands Historiography, editors academia were comfortable to support Doug Munro and Brij V Lal present the interests of the United States dur- a series of essays that explore the rise ing the war and the immediate post- of Paciﬁ c Islands history as a ﬁ eld of war years. The Vietnam War, and now study from 1938 to 1992. While the the conﬂ ict in Iraq, have challenged temporal scope could have expanded the conscience of many Americans to include older and more recent stud- and brought US foreign policy under ies, this era was chosen because its increased scrutiny and criticism.
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 1, 2008