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Disturbing HistoryResistance in Early Colonial Fiji$
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Robert Nicole

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832919

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832919.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Disturbing History

Robert Nicole

University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   historical archive, historical experiences, Fiji, Fijian historiography, colonialism, Fijian history

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