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Bougainville before the Conflict
This remarkable book brings together in one volume most aspects — geological, environmental, archaeological, ethnic, linguistic, ethnographic and historical - of one of the most beautiful island groups of the Pacific, Bougainville. Contributors include outstanding specialists in their field and some of the region’s most prominent and articulate leaders. Tragically, Bougainville is perhaps best known as the site of devastating civil conflict. In exploring the rich heritage of Bougainville before the conflict, this collection provides an insight into the long-term causes of the crisis. Topics surveyed include Bougainville’s prehistory and traditional cultures, the impact of German and Australian colonialism, the attempts by disparate local cultures to find a common identity, the assertion of political autonomy in the face of coercion to integrate with Papua New Guinea, and contemporary efforts to resolve conflict and plan a viable future. A landmark collaboration between expert commentators on Bougainville and Bougainvilleans themselves, this volume provides a comprehensive picture for those seeking to understand Bougainville’s history and future directions.