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The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives (review)

The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives... book and media reviews 207 The Growth and Collapse of Pacifi c Kirch and Rallu (chapter 1) frame Island Societies: Archeological and the focus of the book with substan- Demographic Perspectives, edited by tive questions concerning the size and Patrick V Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu. density of Pacifi c Island populations at Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, contact, and thus the resulting severity 2007. isbn 978-0-8248-3134-9, xvi + of demographic collapse. These sub- 390 pages, maps, notes, bibliography, stantive questions have been debated index. us$35.00. for decades, drawing on estimates of early European visitors, later mission- Although not always at the fore, his- ary censes, and now a critical assess- torical demography is among the most ment that drops the ball squarely in signifi cant dimensions for understand- the court of archaeologists. Kirch and ing the evolution of human societies. Rallu embed long-term demographic In the Pacifi c, anthropological and evolution in questions that pervade the other integrated research—ranging evolutionary dynamics of island (and from island colonization to resource other) societies. use, subsistence, human-induced In chapter 2, Rallu illustrates the environmental impacts (eg, defor- frustrating complexity—indeed the estation and extinctions), social many signifi cant yet often unknow- complexity, cultural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (1) – Feb 11, 2009

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2009 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

book and media reviews 207 The Growth and Collapse of Pacifi c Kirch and Rallu (chapter 1) frame Island Societies: Archeological and the focus of the book with substan- Demographic Perspectives, edited by tive questions concerning the size and Patrick V Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu. density of Pacifi c Island populations at Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, contact, and thus the resulting severity 2007. isbn 978-0-8248-3134-9, xvi + of demographic collapse. These sub- 390 pages, maps, notes, bibliography, stantive questions have been debated index. us$35.00. for decades, drawing on estimates of early European visitors, later mission- Although not always at the fore, his- ary censes, and now a critical assess- torical demography is among the most ment that drops the ball squarely in signifi cant dimensions for understand- the court of archaeologists. Kirch and ing the evolution of human societies. Rallu embed long-term demographic In the Pacifi c, anthropological and evolution in questions that pervade the other integrated research—ranging evolutionary dynamics of island (and from island colonization to resource other) societies. use, subsistence, human-induced In chapter 2, Rallu illustrates the environmental impacts (eg, defor- frustrating complexity—indeed the estation and extinctions), social many signifi cant yet often unknow- complexity, cultural

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 11, 2009

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