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Suva, Fiji Islands, British colony, commercial center, largest city

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Fiji Islands, officially the Republic of the Fiji Islands (often referred to simply as Fiji), independent island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean, located approximately 3,100 km (approximately 1,900 mi) northeast of Sydney, Australia, and approximately 5,000 km (approximately 3,100 mi) southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. Fiji was a British colony from 1874 to 1970, when it achieved independence. Suva is the country’s capital, largest city, and commercial center.



Howard, Michael C. Fiji: Race and Politics in an Island State. University of British Columbia Press, 1991. Chronological narrative describing colonial Fiji, the rise of various political parties, the 1987 election, the two coups, and Mara's return to power.

Lal, Brij V. Broken Waves: A History of the Fiji Islands in the Twentieth Century. University of Hawaii Press, 1992. Modern history of the Islands.

Lal, Victor. Fiji: Coups in Paradise: Race, Politics and Military Intervention. St. Martin's, 1990. Detailed look at the role race has played in Fiji's political history.

Mara, Ratu Kamisese. The Pacific Way: A Memoir. University of Hawaii Press, 1997. This chronicle of the events of 1987 and their outcome reveals the author himself, modern Fiji, and its people.

Scarr, Deryck. Fiji: A Short History. Brigham, 1985. Good general introduction to Fiji's history.


Kiste, Robert C., B.A., Ph.D. Professor of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies and Director of the Center for Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawaii. Co-editor of Tides of History: The Pacific Islands in the Twentieth Century.

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