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Cultural Disparity and Political Solidarity in the Melanesian Island World

By Martin W. Lewis | June 28, 2010 |

The islands of the southwestern Pacific are conventionally divided into Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, based on the writings of the French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville from the 1830s. The etymology is Greek, with the base word nesos — hence “nesia” — meaning island, while “mela-,” micro-,” and “poly-” denote black, small, and many

Ethnic Strife and Cultural Solidarity in Melanesia

By Martin W. Lewis | June 24, 2010 | One Comment

In trying to separate from Papua New Guinea, the people of Bougainville have sought full independence rather than union with Solomon Islands,* the country that encompasses the rest of the archipelago in which their island is located. The sentiment is not difficult to understand; Solomon Islands is a poor and unstable state beset with

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