Tthe extraordinary sixty-thousand-year history of how the Pacific islands were settled.
Nick Thomas is an Australian anthropologist, who was co-curator of the Royal Academy exhibition Oceania (2018). He is Professor of Historical Anthropology, and Director Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, since 2006, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, since 2007. He was awarded the 2010 Wolfson History Prize for Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire.
'Weaving together material culture and personal accounts of the
author's own time in some of these islands, the book is an
elucidating, accessible, and well-illustrated guide to the long
history of Oceanic settlement and connections' * Minerva Magazine
PRAISE FOR ISLANDERS:
'Intellectually sophisticated and clearly written, this first-rate study of the experience of the Pacific Islanders provides one of the best available studies of the nature of imperial contact and violence, and of the traumas they caused' Jeremy Black.
'Islanders is not only a fine work of scholarship but also a lucid and engrossing read' Rod Edmond.
'Beautifully written, with spell-binding vignettes. An important, original contribution to our knowledge of life in the Pacific' -- Dame Anne Salmond