Tuʻi Tonga Empire

Niel Gunson

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


    The idea that the small island kingdom of Tonga was an empire from around the 10th century ce until the coming of Europeans is a modern concept used by some prehistorians and nationalistic Tongans. Certainly there appeared to be maritime expansion during three epochs in Tongan history, but no enduring empire was established and those who went beyond the region of Tongan cultural, social, and trade exchange were raiders and independent settlers. This so-called maritime empire in Tonga was not unique in either Polynesia or the Pacific.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Empire
    Editors John MacKenzie
    Place of PublicationUnited States
    PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    ISBN (Print)9781118440643
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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