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Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii by James L. Haley

By James L. Haley

The newest kingdom to hitch the union, Hawaii is the single one to have as soon as been a royal state. After its "discovery" via Captain cook dinner within the past due 18th Century, Hawaii was once fought over via eu powers decided to use its place because the crossroads of the Pacific. the arriving of the 1st missionaries marked the start of the fight among a local tradition with its historic gods, sexual libertinism and rites of human sacrifice, and the inflexible values of the Calvinists. whereas Hawaii's royal rulers followed Christianity, additionally they fought to maintain their old methods. however the luck of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their destiny and in 1893, the yank Marines overthrew Lili'uokalani, the final queen of Hawaii.

James L. Haley's Captive Paradise is the tale of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands via terror and bloodshed, yet whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels who brilliantly outmaneuvered his opponents; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was firm that Hawaii be governed through whites; of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands. now not considering James Michener's vintage novel Hawaii has there been this type of vivid and compelling portrait of a rare position and its humans.

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For China, the final settlement had particular attractions: it enhanced the security of its southern border, and offered the prospect of an extended buffer zone through a Vietminh victory in the 1956 election; it avoided a wider conflict and so allowed the PRC to concentrate on much-needed internal reconstruction; and there was, in addition, a potential diplomatic pay-off for its moderation at Geneva in the shape of international support for its admission to the United Nations. The Vietminh, though less than happy with the agreement, acquiesced in the interests of international communist solidarity.

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Approaching the new campaigning season, therefore, the forces at Navarre’s disposal were barely adequate to hold THE FRENCH WAR, 1946–54 29 the existing position, never mind mount major offensive operations. What Washington had thought of as a strategy for victory turned out to be a strategy for negotiation, as the French political establishment, with a few obstinate exceptions, came to conclude that a compromise settlement offered the best way out of the war. However, to ensure a strong bargaining position when the time came, France had to fight on to a position of military strength.

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