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Dismembering Lahui : A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887

Dismembering Lahui : A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 - 02 edition

Dismembering Lahui : A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780824825492

ISBN10: 0824825497

Dismembering Lahui : A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 by Jonathan K. Osorio - ISBN 9780824825492
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Published:
International: No
Dismembering Lahui : A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 by Jonathan K. Osorio - ISBN 9780824825492

ISBN13: 9780824825492

ISBN10: 0824825497

Edition: 02

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Summary

Jonathan Osorio investigates the effects of Western law on the national identity of Native Hawaiians in this impressive political history of the Kingdom of Hawai`i from the onset of constitutional government in 1840 to the Bayonet Constitution of 1887, which effectively placed political power in the kingdom in the hands of white businessmen. Making extensive use of legislative texts, contemporary newspapers, and important works by Hawaiian historians and others, Osorio plots the course of events that transformed Hawai`i from a traditional subsistence economy to a modern nation, taking into account the many individuals nearly forgotten by history who wrestled with each new political and social change. A final poignant chapter links past events with the struggle for Hawaiian sovereignty today.