Journals Higher Education

The Ancient Hawaiian State

Origins of a Political Society

Robert J. Hommon

  • Offers a history of the ancient Hawaiians' transformation of their Polynesian chiefdoms into primary state societies
  • Redefines the study of primary states by arguing for the inclusion of Polynesia, which witnessed the development of primary states in both Hawai'i and Tonga
  • Presents a detailed model that will advance the analysis of Polynesian political development and shed light on the nature and dynamics of primary state formation
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