A Personal Perspective of Bougainville 1937-1991
by Douglas Oliver
Hyland House, 1991, ISBN 0947062823, black and white photographic plates, illustrated with maps in text, paperback
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, water stains and crumpling to bottom corner from half title page through page 28, uncreased spine (see photographs)
“Bougainville is seldom out of the news, yet how much do the press, the financial and mining world and the politicians understand events on that island? The Pacific’s most damaging independence movement seems to operate amid claims and counter-claims, internal rivalry and a fog of deception. What do the BRA really want? More importantly, what do the islanders really want?
Oliver distinguishes present fact from present disinformation. As has not been done before, he shows how the unintended consequences of past good intentions – by politicians, bureaucrats, missionaries, miners and Big Men – have contributed to the current impasse. Will the current division between Bougainvilleans be sobering model or seductive example for other parts of Papua New Guinea? Is over-population, long-term, a much graver problem than the bitter present struggle over the fruits of mineral development?
Black Islanders sheds much light on a struggle which is crucial to the future of Papua New Guinea and perhaps other countries in the region. It is compulsory reading for politicians, newsmen, academics, members of the general public – all those who are concerned about the fate of Bougainville.”