In the wake of the Leonidas : Indo-Fijian indenture historiography

Munro, Doug (2005) In the wake of the Leonidas : Indo-Fijian indenture historiography. Journal of Pacific Studies, 28 1: 93-117.

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Author Munro, Doug
Title In the wake of the Leonidas : Indo-Fijian indenture historiography
Journal name Journal of Pacific Studies
ISSN 1011-3029
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 93
End page 117
Total pages 15
Place of publication Suva, Fiji
Publisher University of the South Pacific, School of Social and Economic Development
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The historiography of Indo-Fijian indenture came into its own with the publication of
Ken Gillion’s Fiji’s Indian Migrants in 1962. A work of ‘balanced’ scholarship, it contrasts
with the more ‘emotional’ A New System of Slavery (1974) by Hugh Tinker, which places
greater stress on the iniquities of the indenture system. These two texts set the terms of
discussion when the centenary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers in Fiji, in 1979,
gave impetus to further study by historians from the University of the South Pacific,
notably Ahmed Ali, Vijay Naidu and Brij V Lal. This article evaluates the ongoing state
of scholarship and asks why the momentum has not been maintained.
Keyword Fiji
Historiography
Indentured labour
Indians
Indo-Fijians
Plantations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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