Queen Sālote of Tonga: The Story of an Era, 1900-1965

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Auckland University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
This is an extensive biography of Queen Salote of Tonga. It is also a political and social history of the kingdom of Tonga between the years of 1900 and 1965. Researched over more than 20 years and written with the consent of the Tongan royal family, this book draws on the author's knowledge of Tongan society especially the role of rank, status and the complex marriage and kinship relations among the leading families. It is an in depth account of Queen Salote's skills in building and maintaining the loyalty of her people and the instability of the kingdom and in overcoming resistance both within and without Tonga. It is also a perceptive portrayal about individual personality, and gives a picture of ordinary people and daily people.

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One of the great female leaders of the 20th Century. Tonga is a unique place in being the only Polynesian kingdom to maintain its culture and government through the colonial period that brought down ... Read full review


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