The South Pacific region has been recently undergoing the most rapid
and fundamental political change it has experienced since its partition by
the colonial powers in the nineteenth century. Beginning in 1962, with the
granting of independence to Western Samoa, the decolonisation of the region
has proceeded swiftly, if selectively. By 1979 ten British, New Zealand
and Australian territories had achieved either independence or self-government; the only remaining dependent territories of any...[Show more]
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