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Specters of Violence in a Colonial ContextNew Caledonia, 1917$
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Adrian Muckle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835095

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835095.001.0001

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Violence, Power, and Representation

(p.1) Introduction
Specters of Violence in a Colonial Context

Adrian Muckle

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter asserts that New Caledonia's participation in the Great War—a symbol of the ties between the two countries—overshadows the war fought in New Caledonia itself. In most published accounts, the conflict's scale and significance has been consistently downplayed, with the result that its principal signifier in general histories, the date “1917,” has been emptied of almost any meaning other than as “the last of the kanak revolts.” Hence, in the absence of a published Kanak history of this war, and in the presence of a colonial history and memory that has long denied its significance, the local scale of “1917” demands acknowledgment at the very outset.

Keywords:   New Caledonia, Great War, Kanak history, colonial history, general histories

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