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  • Kindle Edition
  • 170 pages
  • The Coconut War
  • Richard Shears
  • 19 September 2018

10 thoughts on “The Coconut War

  1. says:

    The Coconut War was the nickname for the rebellion on Espiritu Santo in 1979 80 The rebellion was not against the colonial powers, rather it was against the nascent government of Vanuatu The French Moderates party wanted say in the new government, including a slower path to Independence and stronger French culture in the new government In an ironic play on their name of Moderates, they attacked the provincial government in Tanna and Espiritu Santo and declared Espiritu Santo and the northern islands the independent nation of Vemarana.Richard Shears was dispatched to cover the story at the beginning of the conflict The book is a chronicle of his adventures trying to find and then report on the Coconut War Reading this book after three years living in Vanuatu made it actually laugh out loud funn...


  2. says:

    This is a very good piece of war correspondence by a British reporter who covered this bizarre post colonial conflict that erupted in Vanuatu and surrounding islands The story involves cargo cults, shadowy groups of American anarcho capitalists, nativist rebellion, and great game style diplomatic maneuv...


  3. says:

    This is a very good non fiction book on some of the historical events in Vanuatu Well written and witty, would recommend to anyone interested in reading about politics and the way people try to negotiate independence and state formation.


  4. says:

    Fascinating account of a rebellion on Santo in 1980 through the eyes of a British journalist I m excited to be going to Vanuatu soon.


  5. says:

    A wonderfully engaging account of a farcial conflict


  6. says:

    The Coconut War is a cheap 1 on Kindle short 170 pages book covering the 1980 independence of the New Hebrides islands in the South Pacific, and the associated Coconut War This was undoubtedly the last time British troops faced off against natives carrying spears and bows and arrows The book was written by Richard Shears , a journalist who was sent to cover the dispute that flared in the last few weeks prior to the nation of Vanuatu being formed on 30th July 1980 The islands had been for 75 years a jointly managed Condominium between Britain and France Britain held the islands on the strength of a 1774 claim by Captain Cook The French, in typical fashion, ignored this fact, opened a trading company and shipped out settlers By 1900 the islands were heavily stacked with French settlers, and to avoid an incident the British agreed to joint management Actual ownership was never fully discussed, only management, something that came back to haunt negotiations 80 years later By the late 1970s Britain was keen to divest itself of its South Pacific possessions like The Gilberts, Line and Elice Islands In the space of a year it pulled completely out of the Pacific region France on the other hand desperately wanted to hold onto its pacific colonial possessions, especially New Caledonia Losing administration of the New Hebrides was seen as a...


  7. says:

    Interesting storyWas a quick and interesting read Needs to be edited , however, there are plenty of spelling and verb tense errors.


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The Coconut War Vanuatu Today Is A Paradise In The Sun It Has Twice Won The Title Of The Happiest Place On Earth But In 1980 It Was The Scene Of A Bizarre Conflict, When A Tribal Leader Called Jimmy Stevens, Supported By An Army Of Bow And Arrow Warriors, Took Over One Of The Northern Islands And Tried To Break Away From The Powers Of Britain And France The British Sent In Their Troops The French Theirs But Jimmy And His Men Held Firm.Award Winning Journalist Richard Shears Travelled To What Was Then Known As The New Hebrides And Became Caught Up In A Most Curious State Of Affairs, Comic And Tragic It Is Doubtful That The Pacific Will Ever See Anything Like This Kind Of Madness Again.


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