Islands of History

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University of Chicago Press, 1985 - History - 180 pages
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Marshall Sahlins centers these essays on islands—Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand—whose histories have intersected with European history. But he is also concerned with the insular thinking in Western scholarship that creates false dichotomies between past and present, between structure and event, between the individual and society. Sahlins's provocative reflections form a powerful critique of Western history and anthropology.
 

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Contents

Supplement to the Voyage of Cook or le calcul sauvage
1
Other Times Other Customs The Anthropology of History
32
The StrangerKing or Dumezil among the Fijians
73
Captain James Cook or The Dying God
104
Structure and History
136
Bibliography
157
Index
173
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Marshall Sahlins is the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. The author of numerous books, Sahlins is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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