This introductory chapter argues that the archive is not a neutral storehouse of information. Rather, it is a politically active repository of historical experiences and facts that are not created equal. In Fiji, as elsewhere, what is deemed important in history is a function of who decides what is worth recording and remembering. It is a function of power in the Foucauldian sense. The process of historical production in Fiji has made certain people and events visible and important, and others invisible and forgettable. Thus this chapter features three broad phases in a historiographical context with which to flesh out the existing Fijian histories, and the theoretical approaches mentioned here will shape discussions in the succeeding chapters.
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