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The Fijian Colonial Experience: a study of the neotraditional order under British colonial rule prior to WWII

Macnaught, Timothy J

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This book analyses thematically much of the colonial experience of the Fijians earlier this century - their land rights, village and district politics, chiefly leadership, underground movements and various British efforts to 'improve' them. The major theme is the failure of vague policies fostering individualism and enterprise to interrupt the continuities of a vigorously autonomous social and political world maintaining eight of ten Fijians in a relatively affluent neotraditional...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMacnaught, Timothy J
dc.contributor.editorFisk, E. K
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-31T00:35:13Z
dc.date.available2017-10-31T00:35:13Z
dc.date.created1982
dc.identifier.isbn0909150494
dc.identifier.issn0155-9060
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/132696
dc.description.abstractThis book analyses thematically much of the colonial experience of the Fijians earlier this century - their land rights, village and district politics, chiefly leadership, underground movements and various British efforts to 'improve' them. The major theme is the failure of vague policies fostering individualism and enterprise to interrupt the continuities of a vigorously autonomous social and political world maintaining eight of ten Fijians in a relatively affluent neotraditional order until World War II, despite the deep vein of discontent and material aspirations manifested most clearly in Apolosi R. Nawai's movement, the Viti Company. The epilogue briefly chronicles some of the recent changes in Fijian life which, it is argued, throw into sharper relief the accomplishments of the earlier partnership between Fijian leaders and British officials. Therein lie the historical antecedents of both the economic problems of the Fijian people and the irascendancy in national political life through the first decade of independence.
dc.format.extent224 pages
dc.format.extent5 MB
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : Pacific Research Committee, Reseach School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Australian National University, Pacific Research Monograph: No. 07
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subject.ddc996.11
dc.titleThe Fijian Colonial Experience: a study of the neotraditional order under British colonial rule prior to WWII
dc.typeBook
local.type.statusPublished Version
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePacific Institute Digitisation Project
CollectionsANU Pacific Institute

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