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The Fijian Colonial Experience

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ndigenous Fijians were singularly fortunate in having a colonial administration that halted the alienation of communally owned land to foreign settlers and that, almost for a century, administered their affairs in their own language and through
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  THE FIJIAN COLONIAL EXPERIENCE  A STUDY OF THE NEOTRADITIONAL ORDER UNDER BRITISH COLONIAL RULE PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II      O       M   p    1    C  o   l  o  n  y  o   f   F   i   j   i ,         9    2    0  -    1    9    4    4  THE FIJIAN COLONIAL EXPERIENCE  A STUDY OF THE NEOTRADITIONAL ORDER UNDER BRITISH COLONIAL RULE PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II TIMOTHY J. MACNAUGHT  Published by ANU eView The Australian National University Acton ACT 2601, Australia Email: enquiries.eview@anu.edu.au This title is also available online at eview.anu.edu.auNational Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entryCreator: Macnaught, Timothy J. (Timothy John), 1945- author.Title: The Fijian colonial experience : a study of the neotraditional order under British colonial rule prior to World War II / Timothy John Macnaught.ISBN: 9781921934353 (paperback) 9781921934360 (ebook)Subjects: British--Fiji--History. Fiji--History. Fiji--Colonial influence.Dewey Number: 996.11 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.Cover design and layout by ANU Press. Cover photograph source: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.First published 1982 by The Australian National UniversityThis edition © 2016 ANU eView  This book analyses thematcally much of the colonial experience of the Fijians earler this century -their land rghts, vllage and distrct poltcs, chiefl leadership, underground movements and various British efforts to 'mprove' them. The major teme s the failure of vague policies fostering ndvdualism and enterprise to interrupt the contnuities of a vgorousl autonomous social and politcal world maintaning eight of ten Fijians in a relatvel affluent neotradtonal order until World War II, despite the deep vein of discontent and material aspirations manifested most clearly in Apolosi R Nawai's movement, the Viti Company. The epilogue briefl chronicles some of the recent changes n Fijian life which, it is argued, throw into sharper relef the accomplishments of the earlier partnershp between Fijian leaders andBritish officals. Therein lie the historcal antecedents of both the economic problems of the Fijian people and their ascendancy in national political life thrh the first decade of independence. v
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