Captive Paradise

Captive Paradise

A History of Hawaiʻi

Book - 2014 | First edition
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The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its "discovery" by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific. The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the struggle between a native culture with its ancient gods, sexual libertinism and rites of human sacrifice, and the rigid values of the Calvinists. While Hawaii's royal rulers adopted Christianity, they also fought to preserve their ancient ways. But the success of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their fate and in 1893, the American Marines overthrew Lili'uokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. James L. Haley's Captive Paradise is the story of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands through terror and bloodshed, but whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels, who outmaneuvered his competitors; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was determined that Hawaii be ruled by whites; and of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780312600655
Call Number: 996.9 H168c 2014
Characteristics: xxxvii, 405 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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This meticulously researched, evenhanded history chronicles the struggles of the beleaguered kingdom of Hawaii against the challenges of larger imperialist powers. This is compelling reading for those who want to delve deeply into the complex Hawaiian story.

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