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Tradition versus democracy in the Kingdom of Tonga

Lawson, Stephanie


Until relatively recently, what struck most outside observers of Tonga's conservative sociopolitical structure was an image which exuded stability, contentment, and durability. The only remaining kingdom in the entire Pacific, Tonga had also been the only island country to escape formal colonization during the period of European expansion in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and was therefore spared the turbulence which has typically accompanied most moves to decolonization. It is widely...[Show more]

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Date published: 1994
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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