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by Geoffrey White
& Lamont Lindstrom
University of Hawaii Press  1989
448 pages
Index, photos, maps
ISBN: 0824811461
Cover Price: $25
Language: English

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The Pacific Theater
Island Representations of World War II

This book tells the story of the Pacific war from the perspective of Pacific Islanders. The book begins with an introduction by the authors about the war experience and islanders. The remainder of the book is divided into three sections of essays by individual authors.

The first section "Island Selves and Wartime Others" details interactions between islanders and outsiders (Allies or Japanese) on Santa Isabel, Marshall Islands, Ngatik, Palau, Santa Cruz and New Britain.

The second section "Local scene: disruption and transformations" includes chapters on Nw Britain, Coral Sea Islands, Normanby Island, Santa Cruz, Pohnpei and Melanesia.

The last section "Joining In: fighting and working" covers Pacific Islanders directly involved in the war as scouts, laborers, migrations and the cargo cult phenomenon.

This book records the oral history of islanders and is essential reading for anyone interested in the war and its impact from the local perspective.
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