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Natives and Exotics: World War II and Environment in the Southern Pacific

Judith A. Bennett


This environmental history of World War II ranges over rear bases and operational fronts from Bora Bora to New Guinea, providing analysis of resource exploitation, entangled wartime politics, and human perceptions of the vast Oceanic environment. Although the War's physical impact proved significant and oftentimes enduring, the book shows that the tropical environment offered its own challenges: Unfamiliar tides left landing craft stranded; unseen microbes carrying endemic diseases disabled thousands of troops. Weather, terrain, plants, animals—all played an active role as enemy or ally. At th ... More

Keywords: World War II, Bora Bora, New Guinea, resource exploitation, wartime politics, native people, postwar colonial agenda, environmental history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832650
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith A. Bennett, author
University of Otago