Book Reviews the study of global historical themes. Having said all this, I would cautiously argue for an inclusion of Thomas's work within the emerging canons of world history. Although he is critical of the world historical endeavor, Thomas's theoretical insights into the politics of identity and colonialism are definitely worth reading. rainer buschmann University of Hawai`i The Covenant Makers: Islander Missionaries in the Pacific. Edited by doug munro and andrew thornley. Suva, Fiji: Pacific Theological College and Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1996. Pp. xii + 321. Names such as James Chalmers, John Williams, John Geddie, and Charles Abel are likely to be familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in Pacific church history, but how many could identify Ruatoka or Simeona? (The former, we learn in this volume, was the most celebrated islander missionary to Papua, where a college was named after him; the latter was a pioneer missionary who worked alongside Geddie in Vanuatu. Simeona was a Samoan and Ruatoka a Cook Islander.) The troubling anonymity of those Pacific islander pastors who carried Christianity to new island groups so soon after receiving it themselves raises the inevitable questions regarding racism
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