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Review of 'The Manipulation of Custom: from uprising to intervention in the Solomon Islands' by Jon Fraenkel

Reilly, B. (2005) Review of 'The Manipulation of Custom: from uprising to intervention in the Solomon Islands' by Jon Fraenkel. Pacific Economic Bulletin, 20 (3). pp. 141-142.

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Abstract

Recent events in Solomon Islands provide fertile material for contemporary historians. The 1998 uprising by the local Isatabu people on Guadalcanal against their Malaitan fellow residents sparked an escalating tit-for-tat conflict between rival ethnic militias which led to the near-total collapse of state authority in the late 1990s. This descent into low-intensity civil war, along with the subsequent overthrow of the elected government in June 2000 by Malaitan rebels, and the eventual intervention by Australian led forces, makes the Solomon Islands conflict one of the most important episodes in the increasingly turbulent politics of the post-colonial Pacific.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Australian National University
Copyright: Asia Pacific Press
Publishers Website: http://peb.anu.edu.au/
Notes: Jon Fraenkel, 2005, Pandanus Books, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra, 262pp, ISBN 1 74076 149 9
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/27550
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