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A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa

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Language  English
Publication date  1892
Pages  322
Originally published  1892
Page count  322
Publisher  Cassell
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Subject  Samoan Civil War
Media type  book
ISBN  0-8248-1857-1
Author  Robert Louis Stevenson
Genre  Speculative fiction
OCLC  227258432
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A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa is an 1892 historical non-fiction work by Robert Louis Stevenson describing the contemporary Samoan Civil War.

Robert Louis Stevenson arrived in Samoa in 1889 and built a house at Vailima. He quickly became passionately interested, and involved, in the attendant political machinations. These involved the three colonial powers battling for control of Samoa - America, Germany and Britain - and the indigenous factions struggling to preserve their ancient political system. The book covers the period from 1882 to 1892.

The book served as such a stinging protest against existing conditions that it resulted in the recall of two officials, and Stevenson for a time feared that it would result in his own deportation. When things had finally blown over he wrote to Sidney Colvin, who came from a family of distinguished colonial administrators, "I used to think meanly of the plumber; but how he shines beside the politician!"

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A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa Wikipedia


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