DOI:​10.1525/AA.1997.99.1.30
Corpus ID: 161378551
Microcosmic histories : Island perspectives on global change
P. Kirch
Published 1 March 1997
History

American Anthropologist
The Pacific Islands, particularly the Polynesian islands, provide excellent model systems for understanding the human dimensions of global change. This is due to their uniquely microcosmic aspect… Expand
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