The Journal of Pacific History

The Journal of Pacific History is a refereed international journal serving historians, prehistorians, anthropologists and others interested in the study of mankind in the Pacific Islands (including Hawaii and New Guinea), and is concerned generally with political, economic, religious and cultural factors affecting human presence there. It publishes articles, annotated previously unpublished manuscripts, notes on source material and comment on current affairs. It also welcomes articles on other geographical regions, such as Africa and Southeast Asia, or of a theoretical character, where these are concerned with problems of significance in the Pacific.

4 issues a year.

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Latest articles

Volume 54 (1)

The Making of Tupaia’s Map: A Story of the Extent and Mastery of Polynesian Navigation, Competing Systems of Wayfinding on James Cook’s Endeavour, and the Invention of an Ingenious Cartographic System
vol. 54 (1): 1-95
For Science, Salvage, and State: Papua New Guinea’s Earliest Colonial Museums
vol. 54 (1): 96-115
The Opening of the Coconut Curtain: Pacific Influence on the World Council of Churches through the Campaign for a Nuclear-Free Pacific, 1961 to 2000
vol. 54 (1): 116-138
Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa
vol. 54 (1): 139-140
Bombing the Marshall Islands: A Cold War Tragedy
vol. 54 (1): 140-141
Mental Health in Asia and the Pacific: Historical and Cultural Perspectives
vol. 54 (1): 142-144
Oceanic Histories
vol. 54 (1): 144-146
Return to Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania
vol. 54 (1): 146-147

Volume 53 (4)

Pacific Coconut: Comestible, Comfort and Commodity
vol. 53 (4): 353-374
Coconuts on the Move: Archaeology of Western Pacific
vol. 53 (4): 375-396
On Skin and Bone: Samoan Coconut Oil in Indigenous Practice
vol. 53 (4): 397-416
Copra World: Coconuts, Plantations and Cooperatives in German Samoa
vol. 53 (4): 417-435
Ideal Coconut Country: Commodified Coconuts and the Scientific Plantation in Pohnpei, Micronesia
vol. 53 (4): 436-453
To‘uluwa and the Magistrates: Coconuts and Yams, Governance and Indigenous Agency in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, 1912–41
vol. 53 (4): 454-477
Wasting Coconuts? Consumption Versus Commerce in Colonial Wallis and Futuna
vol. 53 (4): 478-501
Voices of Rotuma: Enduring Refrain
vol. 53 (4): 502-520
The Opposition
vol. 53 (4): 521-522
Touring Pacific Cultures
vol. 53 (4): 523-524
Art and War in the Pacific World: Making, Breaking, and Taking from Anson’s Voyage to the Philippine–American War
vol. 53 (4): 524-526
Race and Redemption: British Missionaries Encounter Pacific Peoples, 1797–1920
vol. 53 (4): 526-527