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Sovereign SugarIndustry and Environment in Hawaii$
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Carol A. MacLennan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839499

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839499.001.0001

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Sovereign Sugar

Carol A. MacLennan

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter emphasizes the complex tapestry of social and natural forces that shaped sugar's history in Hawaiʻi, often altering its direction and dictating its dynamic. It pursues this history with a focus on the history-making role of Native Hawaiians throughout the rapid social changes of the nineteenth century. Aside from bringing together the stories of those elements of Hawaiian society long neglected by historians, the chapter also introduces nature as another player within the larger narrative of the sugar industry. As a matter of fact, the chapter explains the linkages between environment and industry and how both elements have interacted over time to produce new insights into Hawaiʻi's environmental history.

Keywords:   environmental history, sugar industry, natural environment, Hawaiian history, Native Hawaiians

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