This listings includes essays on the nature and development of Pacific History as a speciallisation. The three broad criteria for inclusion are: what is Pacific History; how it is practised, or should it be practised?; and how it is produced, or ‘made’? Works dealing with a restricted geographic area that make wider statements are also included , but not autobiographical accounts. Also excluded are essays that deal with a single aspect of Pacific history (e.g. missionaries, the labour trade, gender, film) unless the author addresses wider issues.
A decision was also made to include earlier pieces on the use of ethnography and oral evidence. partly because the papers were (usually) seminal. Considerations of space have also led us to exclude anything on the New Zealand Maori, an omission that is offset to a degree by the refences in Angela Ballara’s paper in this issue.
Overall, the criteria for inclusion are fairly generous. We apologise in advance to those who feel that their work falls within the stated ambit yet was somehow omitted.