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Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom$
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David W. Akin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838140

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838140.001.0001

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The Wartime Opening

The Wartime Opening

(p.132) Chapter 4 The Wartime Opening
Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom

David W. Akin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter shows how World War II proved a demoralizing setback for those Europeans dedicated to tightly controlling Melanesians, and their attempts at war's end to reinstate the old social order were destined to fail. The Japanese bombed the Tulagi area beginning in January 1942, took the town in early May, and in June began occupying Guadalcanal. By early February 1942, most white residents had been evacuated from the Solomon Islands, although a handful of government officers and a few others bravely stayed to coordinate the Defence Force. Many of them worked with Islanders, as policemen, guerilla fighters, and “coastwatchers,” who use tele-radios to report on Japanese movements while on the run.

Keywords:   World War II, Melanesians, Tulagi, Defence Force, Solomon Islands, coastwatchers, Japanese movements

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