The Gifts of Civilization: Germs and Genocide in Hawaiʻi (Google eBook)
In nine essays, Bushnell discusses the profound and various impacts on a long isolated people of infectious diseases brought by Captain James Cook in 1778 and subsequent visitors.
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Page ix - ... Hawaiian traditions are very clear on the encouragement given rebellion by chiefly exactions— although one of our greatest sources of Hawaiian tradition, David Malo, provides the most sober caveat regarding this kind of evidence. "I do not suppose", he wrote in the preface to Hawaiian Antiquities, "the following history to be free from mistakes, in that material for it has come from oral traditions; consequently it is marred by errors of human judgment and does not approach the accuracy of...