The Typhoon of War: Micronesian Experiences of the Pacific War

Hardback: $59.00
ISBN-13: 9780824821685
Published: November 2000

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512 pages
  • About the Book
  • World War II was a watershed event for the people of the former Japanese colonies of Micronesia. The Japanese military build-up, the conflict itself, and the American occupation and control of the conquered islands brought rapid and dramatic changes to Micronesian life. Whether they spent the war in caves and bomb shelters, in sweet potato fields under armed Japanese guard, or in their own homes, Micronesians who survived those years recognize that their peoples underwent a major historical transformation. Like a typhoon, the war swept away a former life.

    The Typhoon of War combines archival research and oral history culled from more than three hundred Micronesian survivors to offer a comparative history of the war in Micronesia. It is the first book to develop Islander perspectives on a topic still dominated by military histories that all but ignore the effects of wartime operations on indigenous populations. The authors explore the significant cultural meanings of the war for Island peoples, for the events of the war are the foundation on which Micronesians have constructed their modern view of themselves, their societies, and the wider world. Their recollections of those tumultuous years contain a wealth of detail about wartime activities, local conditions, and social change, making this an invaluable reference for anyone interested in twentieth-century Micronesia. Photographs, maps, and a detailed chronology will help readers situate Micronesian experiences within the broader context of the Pacific War.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Lin Poyer, Author

      Lin Poyer, professor emeritus at the University of Wyoming, is a cultural anthropologist who has written about Micronesian lives during and after the Second World War.
    • Suzanne Falgout, Author

      Suzanne Falgout is professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu.
    • Laurence Marshall Carucci, Author

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