A history of the Pacific Islands by Steven R. Fischer PDF

By Steven R. Fischer

ISBN-10: 0333949757

ISBN-13: 9780333949757

A heritage of the Pacific Islands lines the human background of approximately one-third of the globe over a 50,000 yr span. this is often background on a grand scale, taking the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia from prehistoric tradition to the current day via a skillful interpretation of scholarship within the box. Fischer's familiarity with paintings in archaeology and anthropology in addition to in historical past enriches the textual content, making this a e-book with large attraction for college students and common readers.

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They finally settled on the islands of New Britain and New Ireland in the Bismarcks around 4000 years ago. Here, Austronesians colonized coastal regions, generally keeping apart from the indigenous Papuans. Austronesians' peregrinations are perhaps best followed through historical linguistics. Formerly known as Malayo-Polynesian, the Austronesian language family contains the world's greatest number of member tongues: around 1200, or 30 per cent of all the world's languages (if one accepts there are currently around 4000).

Mellén Blanco, Sidsel Millerstrøm, Claire Moyse-Faurie, Douglas Oliver, Margaret Orbell, Kiko Paté, Andrew Pawley, Nancy Pollock, J. Douglas Porteous, John E. Randall, Malcolm Ross, Albert J. Schütz, Gunter Senft, Arne Skjølsvold, †Carlyle Smith, Wolfgang Sperlich, Dorota Starzecka, Christopher Stevenson, Robert C. Suggs, Jennifer Terrell and Darrell T. Tryon. To Jeremy Black at the University of Exeter, who invited me to write this volume for the Palgrave Essential Histories series, my heartfelt gratitude.

After an initial period of consolidation, the Fijian Lapitans sailed, around 2900 years ago, to the southeast to colonize Tonga. ) Descendants, who were then developing an ancestral Polynesian society, set sail for the northeast and colonized Samoa. And it was there, at distant Samoa in the Central Pacific, that the Lapita seafarers Page 17 apparently came to a halt after many generations of almost continuous colonization. The settlement of Fiji had been a watershed in Austronesian exploration.

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