Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient and Modern

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Canterbury University Press, 2001 - Tonga - 296 pages
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Uniquely among the nations of the Pacific Islands, Tonga was never subject to European rule at any point in its history. Since the original settlement of the islands by pottery-making, seafaring colonists about 1200 BC, Tongans have been the masters of their archipelago, developing a distinctive and elegant culture. Amid rapid modernisation, the ancient kingdom has survived, along with many of the traditional ways, giving rise to Tonga's claim that it alone offers today's tourist an authentic taste of ancient Polynesia. Ian Campbell's authoritative and readable account of Tongan history tells the entire story from first settlement to the present day. This new edition is a revision of the original 1992 book, incorporating the results of new research and with an additional chapter on the last decade.

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Tongan Society in the Eighteenth Century

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About the author (2001)

Dr. Ian Campbell lectures in the History Department at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he teaches several courses in Pacific history. He has been interested in the Pacific islands since first going to live in Tonga at the age of seven.

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