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07 Jan 2021 * EBOOK * £8.99 * 9781838930493

Tthe extraordinary sixty-thousand-year history of how the Pacific islands were settled.

Non Fiction / HBLA (Ancient History)
Extent: 228 pages
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Also in The Landmark Library series
Voyagers: The Settlement of the PacificThe Landmark LibraryNicholas Thomas

From an award-winning scholar, the extraordinary sixty-thousand-year history of how the Pacific islands were settled.

Thousands of islands, inhabited by a multitude of different peoples, are scattered across the vastness of the Pacific. The first European explorers to visit Oceania, from the sixteenth century on, were astounded and perplexed to find populations thriving so many miles from the nearest continents. Who were these people? Where did they come from? And how were they able to reach islands dispersed over such immense tracts of ocean?

In Voyagers, the distinguished anthropologist Nicholas Thomas charts the course of the seaborne migrations that populated the islands between Asia and the Americas. From the third millennium BC, the Philippines, Indonesia, Micronesia and Melanesia were settled by Austronesian peoples of the western Pacific littoral. Later movements of Polynesian peoples took them even further afield, as far as Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, the Marquesas, Easter Island and – eventually – New Zealand, up to AD 1250.

Drawing on the latest research, including insights gained from linguistics, archaeology, and the re-enactment of voyages, Thomas provides a dazzling account of these long-distance migrations, the sea-going technologies that enabled them, and the societies that they left in their wake.

Nick Thomas is an Australian anthropologist, who was co-curator of the Royal Academy exhibition Oceania (2018). He is Professor of Historical Anthropology, and Director Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, since 2006, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, since 2007. He was awarded the 2010 Wolfson History Prize for Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire.

Author won the Wolfson History prize in 2010.

Author is an authority on this subject and co-curator of the Royal Academy Exhibition Oceania in 2018.

The story of the epic sea voyages that populated Oceania.

MARKET: William Dalrymple; Peter Moore.

'Weaving together material culture and personal accounts of the author's own time in some of these islands, the book is an elucidating, accessible, and well-illustrated guide to the long history of Oceanic settlement and connections' Minerva Magazine

'Intellectually sophisticated and clearly written, this first-rate study of the experience of the Pacific Islanders provides one of the best available studies of the nature of imperial contact and violence, and of the traumas they caused' Jeremy Black.
'Islanders is not only a fine work of scholarship but also a lucid and engrossing read' Rod Edmond.
'Beautifully written, with spell-binding vignettes. An important, original contribution to our knowledge of life in the Pacific'
Dame Anne Salmond

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