Ambivalent empires : historicising the Trobriand islands, 1830-1945
This thesis is an exercise in historicising the Trobriands Islands of Papua New Guinea, in recasting the islands beyond the anthropological frame into which they have been conventionally set. This is done through an archival exploration, informed by ten months of historio-ethnographic fieldwork in the islands, of the period from the first direct encounters with Europeans in the 1830s to the Pacific War and its aftermath in the 1940s. I examine in detail the construction of a culture of...[Show more]
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