Ulijaszek - Chapter 01
Fertility and the Depopulation of Melanesia
Childlessness, Abortion and Introduced Disease in Simbo and Ontong Java, Solomon Islands
Melanesia was one of the last regions of the world to be
affected by the process of global integration that effectively
began in 1492 with the European colonisation of the New World.
It was a process accomplished with the aid of 'Guns, Germs and
Steel', to quote the title of Jared Diamond's (1997) account.