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New Caledonia and French Polynesia since the 1980s

Campbell, Ian C. (2009) New Caledonia and French Polynesia since the 1980s. Journal of Pacific History, 44 (2). pp. 163-164. ISSN 0022-3344

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Young men and women in New Caledonia are now graduating from university having lived their whole lives since the Ouve´a massacre of 1988 and the assassination of JeanMarie Tjibaou in 1989; their contemporaries in French Polynesia have no more than distant recollections of the nuclear testing that France concluded in 1996, or the international demonstrations and local violence prompted by the testing and its cessation. Both cohorts, however, have grown up in an era of vigorous political debate and contest. The politics of internal autonomy and the tensions of divided authority between local and metropolitan French power have been the context of their lives. The scope of political dialogue and the accompanying tactics shifted significantly in both territories in the late 1980s. In New Caledonia, the escalation of violence threatened the outbreak of civil war, the spectre of which drew the leading participants back from the brink. In Pape‘ete, the rioting and conflagration of 1995 were the precedent for events in the next decade, leading to a hardening of political positions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 03:24
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 06:25

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