The New Friendly Islanders. The Tonga of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. KENNETH BAIN.

The New Friendly Islanders. The Tonga of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

London. Hodder & Stoughton General Division, 1993. Stock ID #140995

Maps, black and white plates, 207pp, glossary, Tongan orthography and pronunciation, appendix, small crease lower endpaper, a very good copy in dustjacket, quarto. This tiny archipelago of islands in the South Pacific has so far avoided republican overthrow and military coup, unlike its neighbour Fiji. What are its chances of surviving intact into the millenium? Kenneth Bain allows the Tongan people - from the ordinary citizen up to the King himself - to put forward their own opinions concerning everything from reform of Tonga's Legislative Assembly to the monarchy and the royal succession. A portrait emerges of a South Seas islands culture of great charm and character, yet divided within. As it contemplates possessing its own telecommunication satellite, Tonga faces conflict over its feudal heritage. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 140995).

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