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dc.contributor.editorClarke, Geoffrey
dc.contributor.editorLitster, Mirani
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-29T04:01:23Z
dc.date.available2022-03-29T04:01:23Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.date.submitted2022-03-28T15:34:09Z
dc.identifierONIX_20220328_9781760464899_39
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/53658
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/79797
dc.description.abstractWhen James Boswell famously lamented the irrationality of war in 1777, he noted the universality of conflict across history and across space – even reaching what he described as the gentle and benign southern ocean nations. This volume discusses archaeological evidence of conflict from those southern oceans, from Palau and Guam, to Australia, Vanuatu and Tonga, the Marquesas, Easter Island and New Zealand. The evidence for conflict and warfare encompasses defensive earthworks on Palau, fortifications on Tonga, and intricate pa sites in New Zealand. It reports evidence of reciprocal sacrifice to appease deities in several island nations, and skirmishes and smaller scale conflicts, including in Easter Island. This volume traces aspects of colonial-era conflict in Australia and frontier battles in Vanuatu, and discusses depictions of World War II materiel in the rock art of Arnhem Land. Among the causes and motives discussed in these papers are pressure on resources, the ebb and flow of significant climate events, and the significant association of conflict with culture contact. The volume, necessarily selective, eclectic and wide-ranging, includes an incisive introduction that situates the evidence persuasively in the broader scholarship addressing the history of human warfare.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTerra Australis
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJM Australasian & Pacific history
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HD Archaeology
dc.subject.otherPalau
dc.subject.otherGuam
dc.subject.otherAustralia
dc.subject.otherVanuatu
dc.subject.otherTonga
dc.subject.otherMarquesas
dc.subject.otherEaster Island
dc.subject.otherNew Zealand
dc.subject.otherdefensive earthworks
dc.subject.otherfortifications
dc.subject.othercolonial-era conflict
dc.subject.otherfrontier battles
dc.subject.otherhuman warfare
dc.titleArchaeological Perspectives on Conflict and Warfare in Australia and the Pacific
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.22459/TA54.2021
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy975ba519-3ce2-4517-95bf-b847729fbcf1
oapen.relation.isbn9781760464899
oapen.relation.isbn9781760464882
oapen.imprintANU Press
oapen.pages280
oapen.place.publicationCanberra


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