The Kingdom and the Republic: Sovereign Hawaiʻi and the Early United States

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.0 X 8.8 X 0.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Noelani Arista is Professor of History at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
"The Kingdom and the Republic fundamentally changes how we think about Hawaiian, U.S., and British history in this period-the framing of the book actually downplays that the British are just as often at the center of the action. This work has the ability to influence how we think about historical moments of encounter more broadly, and it is an important corrective to the tendency to read history backward to find the roots of domination, exaggerating the power of Euro-American actors and downplaying the authority of indigenous Governance."-- "American Historical Review"
"Drawing on rich archives of printed materials in the Hawaiian language, Noelani Arista's The Kingdom and the Republic offers an incisive historical account of the misunderstandings and misreadings that shaped relations between native Hawaiians and European and American merchants and missionaries. Arista sets down an original and moving story about power, history and memory in the Pacific."-- "Ann Fabian, Rutgers University, New Brunswick"
"The Kingdom and the Republic challenges some of our most basic assumptions about native Hawaiʻi, the encounters between natives and foreigners, and the processes of colonization, upending our expectations of who, in Hawaiʻi, had law and governance, and who was encountering whom."-- "Rebecca McLennan, University of California, Berkeley"
"Compelling in its analysis and elegant in its exposition, The Kingdom and the Republic will be a force with which the coming generation of scholars of the history of Hawai'i must contend and from which they will benefit. Noelani Arista transforms the way we understand Hawaiʻi in the crucial decades between 1820 and 1840. She upends a simplistic colonial historiography that makes American missionaries the dominant forces in the period. Arista reveals instead a more complex and surprising story that speaks powerfully to questions of law, culture, language, and power in history."-- "David Chang, University of Minnesota"