New volume from the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme du Pacifique editions, Oceanians and Westerners: Historical anthropology of violence (16th-17th century) is co-edited by Eric Conte, Dr. Guillaume Molle (ANU School of Archaeology & Anthropology) and Serge Tcherkezoff
Encounters between Indigenous peoples of Oceania and outsiders from the Western world, beginning with the Spanish explorations in the XVIth century until the period of colonisation in the XIXth century, were marked by various forms of violence, either visible, brutal and immediate or long-lasting and all the more insidious. They all had irreversible consequences on Paciﬁc Island societies.
The present volume, which includes some contributions ﬁrst presented at the Conference of the Paciﬁc Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN) in Tahiti in 2018, examines these different forms of violence as well as the effects that they produced, through a number of case studies, some of which are iconic, others little known. From Tahiti to Samoa, from Rapa Nui to the Isle of Pines via the Marquesas, these encounters are seen through the lens of la longue durée, the cornerstone of a historical anthropology that has proved to be so productive in Paciﬁc Studies. The work brings together nine archaeologists, anthropologists and historians who analyse processes at the intersection of structures and events: bartering, the ﬁring of muskets, the introduction of infectious diseases, judicially sanctioned control mechanisms and colonial imperialism. These ten chapters shed new light on the complex dynamics at work in these confrontations that brought Islanders and outsiders into a shared new history.
You can order a hard copy of the volume here.
The volume will be soon available for free download as well and the editors are planning an English translation in the near future.