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By William F. S. Miles

This article appears to be like on the long term results of the joint Franco-British management in public coverage, political disputes, and social cleavages in post-independence Vanuatu. It emphasizes the powerful imprint left via what the writer phrases "condocolonialism" in dividing ni-Vanuatu into "Anglophones" and "Francophones", but in addition indicates how this department is being changed through divisions according to city or rural place of dwelling, conventional or smooth employment and disparities among the prestige and actions of fellows and girls. the quantity goals to supply greater than an research of a distinct case of colonialism and its results, it really is an interpretation of the evolution of an insular society beset through relatively extreme pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial fractures. The research is additionally enriched by means of comparisons among Vanuatu and different colonized societies together with Niger, Nigeria, Martinique, Mauritius and Pondicherry.

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Combined with its accession to the regional nuclear-free movement, these actions tested Vanuatu’s relations with the United States. At the same time, rapprochement with Australia and New Zealand generally proceeded apace as these Oceanic powers came to supplant Vanuatu’s erstwhile European sovereigns, Britain and France. Remarkably, given its dualistic colonial legacy, contested independence, political in¤ghting, extreme geocultural pluralism, and economic underdevelopment, Vanuatu maintained a democratic system of governance.

The British Residency was eventually established on Iririki island, across from but clearly within watchful eyeshot of the French Residency on the heights of Vila. A. A. (British District Agent). Each Residency maintained jurisdiction over its nationals, French law applying to French citizens and British law to British subjects. Nationals from other countries, whether permanently residing in the New Hebrides or just passing through, were obliged to opt for either national jurisdiction within one month of their arrival.

There is a complete lack of that sympathetic co-operation so essential in such an obviously exacting enterprise; neither trusts the other for a minute. —A. J. Marshall, The Black Musketeers The experiment has always been and will always be a failure, until such time as Frenchmen are no longer French and Britishers no longer English. —Tom Harrisson, Savage Civilisation The British and French were like two wild dogs, ¤ghting for a bone between them—and we were the bone. . Each pulled the other in a different direction.

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