Paradise Past: The Transformation of the South Pacific, 1520-1920 Robert W. Kirk

ISBN: 9780786469789

Published: October 24th 2012

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288 pages


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Paradise Past: The Transformation of the South Pacific, 1520-1920  by  Robert W. Kirk

Paradise Past: The Transformation of the South Pacific, 1520-1920 by Robert W. Kirk
October 24th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780786469789 | 6.72 Mb

In the 400 years from Magellans entrance into Pacific waters to 1920, the lives of the people of the South Pacific were utterly transformed. Pacific people died from exotic diseases from Europe and America. The worldwide influenza pandemic wasMoreIn the 400 years from Magellans entrance into Pacific waters to 1920, the lives of the people of the South Pacific were utterly transformed. Pacific people died from exotic diseases from Europe and America. The worldwide influenza pandemic was particularly deadly for islanders. Ardent missionaries changed the belief systems and lives of nearly all Polynesians, Aborigines, and those Papuans and Melanesians living in areas accessible to westerners.

By 1920 every island and atoll in the South Seas had been claimed as a colony or protectorate of a power such as Britain, France or the United States. Factors aiding this imperial sweep included European outposts such as Sydney, ability from the 18th century to prevent scurvy, a marine chronometer that measured longitude accurately, the work of missionaries, a desire to profit from the areas relatively sparse resources, and international rivalry that led to the scramble for colonies. The coming of westerners, as this book points out, was not entirely negative, as head-hunting, cannibalism, chronic warfare, human sacrifice, and other practices were diminished.



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