The Massacre of the Mystery

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Abstract

Throughout the early contact period the inhabitants of Melanesia were renowned for their attacks n European visitors. Massacres were an integral part of contact relations. They were interpreted by Europeans at the time in a variety of ways: as acts of blind savagery; as retribution for European wrongs; as the upshot of internal political manoeuvres and cultural practices. European response varied accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-85
Number of pages20
JournalThe Journal of Pacific History
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1982
Externally publishedYes

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