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The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders (review)

The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders (review) 09-CP 12-1 (br pp.256-293) 2/21/00 8:27 AM Page 266 266 the contemporary pacific • spring 2000 and history have been disrupted— theoretically and through actual shifts within postcolonial societies. Although historians were once confi- dent to write grand regional narra- tives elsewhere, they have been more reticent in the Pacific. Four, among other, impediments blocked an autho- rized history of the Pacific. These included not only insufficient accessi- ble research, but also a lack of con- fidence. The new wave of Pacific historians emerging from the 1970s, particularly the “Canberra school,” was usually reluctant to present gen- eralizations about the region, prefer- ring to speak about their specializa- tions. Third, many historians were motivated to write history from the inside out, to revise the imperial school of Pacific history. This emerg- ing reluctance to locate the subject within colonial narratives followed the decolonization of Pacific colonies. By the 1980s historiographical issues The Cambridge History of the Pacific of indigenous voices, authenticity, and Islanders, edited by Donald Denoon the kinds of history being published with Stewart Firth, Jocelyn Linnekin, began to be contested. A fourth Malama Meleisea, and Karen Nero. impediment was the economics of Cambridge: Cambridge University publishing. Pacific http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders (review)

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

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2000 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

09-CP 12-1 (br pp.256-293) 2/21/00 8:27 AM Page 266 266 the contemporary pacific • spring 2000 and history have been disrupted— theoretically and through actual shifts within postcolonial societies. Although historians were once confi- dent to write grand regional narra- tives elsewhere, they have been more reticent in the Pacific. Four, among other, impediments blocked an autho- rized history of the Pacific. These included not only insufficient accessi- ble research, but also a lack of con- fidence. The new wave of Pacific historians emerging from the 1970s, particularly the “Canberra school,” was usually reluctant to present gen- eralizations about the region, prefer- ring to speak about their specializa- tions. Third, many historians were motivated to write history from the inside out, to revise the imperial school of Pacific history. This emerg- ing reluctance to locate the subject within colonial narratives followed the decolonization of Pacific colonies. By the 1980s historiographical issues The Cambridge History of the Pacific of indigenous voices, authenticity, and Islanders, edited by Donald Denoon the kinds of history being published with Stewart Firth, Jocelyn Linnekin, began to be contested. A fourth Malama Meleisea, and Karen Nero. impediment was the economics of Cambridge: Cambridge University publishing. Pacific

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 1, 2001

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