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On the Road of the Winds
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Table of Contents

List of Maps /
List of Figures /
List of Tables /
Preface /

INTRODUCTION /

Defining Oceania /
* Linguistic, Human Biological, and Cultural Variation in Oceania /
* About This Book /
* A Note on Dates and Time /

1 * DISCOVERING THE OCEANIC PAST /

Enlightenment Voyagers /
* Outposts of Empire: Missionaries, Colonists, and Academic Beginnings /
* "The Problem of Polynesian Origins" /
* Te Rangi Hiroa and the "Micronesian Route" to Polynesia /
* The Discovery of Time Depth and Culture Change /
* The Search for Polynesian Sequences /
* Broadening Research Horizons /
* Moving beyond Polynesia: Archaeology in Melanesia and New Guinea /
* Francophone Archaeology in the Pacific /
* Not an Ivory Tower: Public Archaeology in the Pacific /
* Recent Advances in Pacific Archaeology /

2 * THE PACIFIC ISLANDS AS A HUMAN ENVIRONMENT /

Origins and Development of the Pacific Islands /
* Types of Islands /
* Climatic Factors in the Pacific /
* Island Life and Biogeography /
* The Microbiotic World and Human Populations /
* Island Ecosystems /
* Humans and Island Socioecosystems /

3 * SAHUL AND THE PREHISTORY OF "OLD" MELANESIA /

The Pleistocene Geography of Sahul and Near Oceania /
* Initial Human Arrival in Sahul and Near Oceania /
* Pleistocene Voyaging in Near Oceania /
* Near Oceania during the Pleistocene /
* Cultural Innovations of the Early Holocene /
* A Paradox and a Hypothesis /

4 * LAPITA AND THE AUSTRONESIAN EXPANSION /

The Human Landscape of Near Oceania at 2000-1300 b.c. /
* The Advent of Lapita /
* Lapita Origins: The Austronesian Expansion /
* Lapita across Time and Space /
* Lapita in Linguistic and Biological Perspective /
* The Lapita Ceramic Series /
* Lapita Sites and Settlements /
* Lapita Subsistence Economies /
* Exchange between Lapita Communities /
* Ancestral Oceanic Societies /

5 * THE PREHISTORY OF "NEW" MELANESIA /

Trading Societies of Papua and the Massim /
* The Late Holocene in Highland New Guinea /
* The Bismarck Archipelago after Lapita /
* The Solomon Islands /
* Vanuatu /
* The Polynesian Outliers in Melanesia /
* Ethnogenesis in La Grande Terre /
* Fiji: An Archipelago "in Between" /
* Larger Themes in Melanesian Prehistory /

6 * MICRONESIA: IN THE "SEA OF LITTLE LANDS" /

Colonization and Early Settlement in Micronesia /
* Cultural Sequences in Micronesia /
* Tuvalu and the Polynesian Outliers in Micronesia /
* Atoll Adaptations /
* Later Prehistory in Western Micronesia /
* Development of Sociopolitical Complexity in the Caroline High Islands /

7 * POLYNESIA: ORIGINS AND DISPERSALS /

Polynesian Origins /
* Polynesia as a Phyletic Unit /
* Ancestral Polynesia /
* Cultural Sequences in Western Polynesia /
* The Settlement of Eastern Polynesia /
* Early Settlement Sites in Eastern Polynesia /
* Polynesian Voyaging /
* Summary /

8 * POLYNESIAN CHIEFDOMS AND ARCHAIC STATES /

Polynesian Chiefdoms: Ethnographic Background and Anthropological Significance /
* The "Traditional" Societies /
* Sociopolitical Transformation in the Open Societies /
* The Emergence of Stratified Chiefdoms /
* From Chiefdom to Archaic State: Tonga and Hawai`i /
* Polynesian History: A Concluding Note /

9 * BIG STRUCTURES AND LARGE PROCESSES IN OCEANIC PREHISTORY /

Voyaging and the Human "Conquest" of the Pacific /
* History Written in the Present: Correlations between Language, Biology, and Culture /
* The Role of Demographic Transitions in Oceanic History /
* Oceanic Populations on the Eve of European Contact /
* The Political Economy of Dynamic Landscapes /
* Intensification and Specialization in Island Economies /
* Transformations of Status and Power /
* On Comparison: A Closing Comment /

Notes /
References /
Index /

About the Author

Patrick Vinton Kirch is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of twelve books including A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief: The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai'i and Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Reviews

"As a synthesis of Oceanic prehistory, the revised edition is meritorious and it remains unique in its comprehensive coverage." * Archaeology in Oceania *
""A grand synthesis. Kirch has done Pacific archaeology proud with this book." * Antiquity *
"Excellent." * Times Literary Supplement *
"Riveting" * The Washington Post *
"Patrick Kirch's revised version of his near-classic On the Road of the Winds appears only eighteen years after the original edition and makes it clear that that received wisdom was very much mistaken. While the broad outlines of settlement and social processes in the Pacific Islands have become well-known, ongoing excavations in the past two decades have rewritten a great many of the details. Some of these are especially salient, including increasing recognition of the importance of trade networks and the environmental and ecological changes wrought by human agency." * Pacific Affairs *

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