Queen S_lote of Tonga: The Story of an Era 1900-1965

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University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
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When Queen Salote of Tonga attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in London in 1953, she was greeted as the tallest queen of the smallest kingdom and gained universal admiration for her natural dignity and the warmth of her personality. This account of Queen Salote's life and times is more than a biography, for it also describes the politics and social structure of a small kingdom that was a world in microcosm.
 

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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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Queen Salote was an amazing queen. She was brilliant in bringing both past and present together and making Tongans not only proud of who they are as a people but how to navigate through the influences of the western world without loosing our culture. She truly loved her people and examplified that to the world over. Sadly,there will never be another royal member in Tongas Kingdom like her!!!  

Contents

Preface
ix
Notes on Tongan Spelling and on Chiefly Titles
xiii
List of Illustrations
xvii
List of Figures
xix
Her Mothers Daughter
1
Ancestors and Antecedents
18
A Dynastic Marriage
34
The First Year of a Reign
46
The Chief Justice Plays the Champion
170
The Greatest Loss of All
191
America Invades Tonga
200
Mother and Sons
222
At the Coronation of Queen Elizaheth II
238
Changing Roles
258
Reconstructing Tradition
270
The Sun has Fallen Ko e La a e kuo To
285

At Home at the Palace
59
The British Connection
70
Aristocrats Nobles and Lesser Chiefs
84
God and Tonga Are My Inheritance1
102
Problems with Judges
124
The Queens Sister Princess Fusipala
141
The Queens Consort Tung1 Mailefihi
155
Glossary
302
Whos Who
307
Notes
321
Selected Bibliography
350
Index
358
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