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The transformation of the traditional Tongan polity : a genealogical consideration of Tonga's past

Herda, Phyllis S


This study of traditional Tongan political history focuses on how Tongan genealogies and succession lists structure, and are structured by, cultural ideals and political processes. Their fluid nature as legitimizing charters of rank, authority and power is embraced in order to appreciate differing, and often contradictory, versions of Tongan history. The place of genealogies and succession lists in a Tongan construction of the past is explored and is incorporated in a history of not only...[Show more]

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Date published: 1988
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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