For much of the 1990s I was a student of Pacific islands politics, studying the interaction of tradition and politics in Fiji and Tonga. These pages collect some of my writings on the subject: some deal with specific events in Fiji and Tonga, while others range more widely and touch on the realm of political theory.
- Linking the Islands: Pacific Implications of the Web
- Paper presented at the Fifth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists in July 2002, listed as an Excellent Source at The Infography.
- Colour, Class and Custom: The Literature of the 1987 Fiji Coup
- Web version of a long paper surveying the literature of the 1987 Fiji Coup, first published in 1992.
- Changing Their Minds: Tradition and Politics in Contemporary Fiji and Tonga
- Abstract and extract from book published in 1998.
- The 1993 Silver Jubilee of Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, King of Tonga
- Slide-show accompanying Changing Their Minds.
- Evolving a Theory of Tradition
- Paper based on the PhD thesis that ultimately became Changing Their Minds.
- Some Effects of Tradition on Politics
- Another paper from the same source.
- Notes on the 2000 Fiji Coup
- Weblog entries on the early days of George Speight's attempted takeover.
- The Bougainville Conflict
- A lecture delivered to cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy in September 1999.
- The Papua New Guinea Constitution: Australia's Role in its Development, 1960-75
- An honours essay written in 1990.
©2000-03 Rory Ewins