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Transforming Hawai'i

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ISBN: 9781760461737 9781760461737 Year: DOI: 10.22459/TH.06.2018 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Sociology --- Political Science --- History
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This study examines the role of coercion in the unification of the Hawaiian Islands by Kamehameha I between 1782 and 1812 at a time of increasing European contact. Three interrelated themes in Hawaiian political evolution are examined: the balance between coercion and consent; the balance between general structural trends and specific individual styles of leadership and historical events; and the balance between indigenous and European factors. The resulting synthesis is a radical reinterpretation of Hawaiian warfare that treats it as an evolving process heavily imbued with cultural meaning. Hawaiian history is also shown to be characterised by fluid changing circumstances, including crucial turning points when options were adopted that took elements of Hawaiian society on paths of development that proved decisive for political unification. These watershed moments were neither inevitable nor predictable. Perhaps the greatest omission in the standard discourse on the political evolution of Hawaiian society is the almost total exclusion of modern indigenous Hawaiian scholarship on this topic. Modern historians from the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa argue that political leadership and socioeconomic organisation were much more concensus-based than is usually allowed for. Above all, this study finds modern indigenous Hawaiian studies a much better fit with the historical evidence than more conventional scholarship.

Solomon Islanders in World War II

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ISBN: 9781760461652 Year: DOI: 10.22459/SIWWII.12.2017 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: History --- Migration
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The Solomon Islands Campaign of World War II has been the subject of many published historical accounts. Most of these accounts present an ‘outsider’ perspective with limited reference to the contribution of indigenous Solomon Islanders as coastwatchers, scouts, carriers and labourers under the Royal Australian Navy and other Allied military units. Where islanders are mentioned, they are represented as ‘loyal’ helpers. The nature of local contributions in the war and their impact on islander perceptions are more complex than has been represented in these outsiders’ perspectives. Islander encounters with white American troops enabled self-awareness of racial relationships and inequality under the colonial administration, which sparked struggles towards recognition and political autonomy that emerged in parts of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate in the postwar period. Exploitation of postwar military infrastructure by the colonial administration laid the foundation for later sociopolitical upheaval experienced by the country. In the aftermath of the 1998 crisis, the supposed unity and pride that prevailed among islanders during the war has been seen as an avenue whereby different ethnic identities can be unified. This national unification process entailed the construction of the ‘Pride of our Nation’ monument that aims to restore the pride and identity of Solomon Islanders.

Tagebuch aus dem Siebenjährigen Krieg

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Book Series: Quellen zur Geschichte der Stadt Göttingen ISBN: 9783863950637 Year: Pages: 351 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: History
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In abgewichener Nacht frühe gegen 5 Uhr haben die Franz[osen] von Göttingen Besitz genommen. Es sollen 250 Mann seyn, welche d[en] H[err]n Major van der Märsch, ein feiner Mann, zum commandanten haben. In dem gestrigen Scharmützel ist d[em] H[err]n Maj[or] Friedrichs das Pferd todt geschossen, und er gefangen. Abends gegen 7 Uhr sind die Herren Grafen von Schwerin und v[on] Münch, desg[leichen] verschiedene andere Bursche, unter welchen d[er] H[err] von Biederitz, von dem Jacobithurm durch Franz[osen] herunter geholet, jedoch nach Ankunft des Commandanten auf dem Jacobi-Kirchhofe sogleich wieder loßgelassen worden. Der Commandant hat zu d[em] H[err]n S[yndicus] Willig gesagt, uns sey zur Besatzung ein regiment Croaten und Panduren bestimmet. Andreas Georg Wähner, Tagebuch vom 4. August 1760 Das lange Zeit als verschollen gegoltene Tagebuch des Göttinger Professors Andreas Georg Wähner ist die umfangreichste Göttinger Quelle dieses Genres aus der Zeit des Siebenjährigen Krieges, die sich erhalten hat und im Stadtarchiv (wieder) verfügbar ist. Meist nüchtern, gelegentlich mit einem bissigen Kommentar versehen, protokolliert Wähner alle Ereignisse, von denen er erfährt, und nennt jedes Mal seine Quelle. Die Bedeutung des Tagebuchs zeigt sich gerade in den wiedergegebenen und bisher nicht beachteten Gerüchten, Briefen und Zeitungsartikeln, die den Blick weit über Göttingen hinaus auf die Weltgeschichte lenken. Dem heutigen Forscher wird hier Gelegenheit gegeben, sich über die Göttinger Stadt- und Universitätsgeschichte und die Geschichte des Siebenjährigen Krieges, besonders aber auch über die Kommunikationsgeschichte und Militärgeschichte dieser Zeit zu informieren. Die Hintergründe der geschilderten Ereignisse werden in den zahlreichen Anmerkungen erläutert und ein umfangreiches Register, im Fall des Personenregisters mit kurzen biographischen Angaben angereichert, rundet die Edition ab. Das Werk ist eine Fundgrube für die Forschung zum 18. Jahrhundert, vor allem aber bietet es für jeden Interessierten einen schnellen Zugang zu einer Fülle von Informationen.

War and Peace in the Western Political Imagination

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ISBN: 9781474258708 9781474258722 9781474258715 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102558
Subject: History
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The study of war in all periods of prehistory and recorded history has always commanded the attention of historians, dramatists, poets and artists. The study of peace has, however, not yet gained a comparable readership, and the subject is attracting an increasing amount of scholarly research.This volume presents the first work of academic research to tackle this imbalance head on. It looks at war and peace through the ages, from the Classical world through to the 18th century. It considers the nature and advocacy of war and peace both from an historical perspective but also a philosophical one, particularly looking at how universal peace, which began as a personal philosophy, became over the centuries a political philosophy that underpins much of modern society’s attitudes towards warfare and militarism.

Weary Warriors

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ISBN: 9781782383468 9781789201109 9781789201109 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Berghahn Books Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102884
Subject: History
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As seen in military documents, medical journals, novels, films, television shows, and memoirs, soldiers’ invisible wounds are not innate cracks in individual psyches that break under the stress of war. Instead, the generation of weary warriors is caught up in wider social and political networks and institutions—families, activist groups, government bureaucracies, welfare state programs—mediated through a military hierarchy, psychiatry rooted in mind-body sciences, and various cultural constructs of masculinity. This book offers a history of military psychiatry from the American Civil War to the latest Afghanistan conflict. The authors trace the effects of power and knowledge in relation to the emotional and psychological trauma that shapes soldiers’ bodies, minds, and souls, developing an extensive account of the emergence, diagnosis, and treatment of soldiers’ invisible wounds.

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