Micronesian histories : an analytical bibliography and guide to interpretations /

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Author / Creator:Goetzfridt, Nicholas J.
Imprint:Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Description:xxvi, 337 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Series:Bibliographies and indexes in world history, 0742-6852 ; no. 54
Micronesia -- History -- Bibliography.
Micronesia (Federated States) -- History -- Bibliography.
Micronesia -- Bibliography.
Micronesia -- Historiography.
Micronesia (Federated States)
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/4635545
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Other authors / contributors:Peacock, Karen M.
ISBN:0313291039 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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This compilation of over 500 annotated sources on the history of several Micronesian subregions (the Northern Marianas and Guam are excluded) is really two works in one, reflecting the separate contributions and styles of the editor-compilers. Both provide introductory essays outlining their overall perspective, respective areas of responsibility, and criteria for inclusion of material. Sources intended to be historical in nature are emphasized, rather than those that have become historical simply by the passage of time. This leaves out most primary sources. The books and articles cited, principally from history and anthropology, are generally well chosen. However, Goetzfridt's introductory essay and annotated sections on the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands are stilted and laden with jargon. Most annoying is his incessant use in annotations of quotation marks to draw attention to words and phrases he finds objectionable or ironic (e.g., "development") without explaining his purpose. In contrast, Peacock's essay and bibliographic section on Palau are straightforward, with clear and gracefully written annotations. The book is tied together by geographic and subject indexes. Reference works should strive to be consistent and clear in the presentation of subject matter; this disjointed effort is only partially successful. Graduate collections. J. C. Wanser Hiram College

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