I thank Peter Duignan for suggesting that the book be done and The Hoover Institution on War, Peace, and Revolution for a grant that facilitated the early stages of research. Other grant funds were generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by Johnson State College, which also allowed me to run off with the stipend on academic leave. I obtained invaluable advice and access to special resources at the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches des Pays de l'Ocean lndien (CERSOI) at the Universite d'Aix-Marseille in Aix•en•Provence and at the Centre de Documentation et de Recherches sur I' Asie du Sud-Est et le Monde lnsulindien (CeDRASEMI) in Sophia Antipolis, Valbonne, France; particular thanks go to President Louis Favoreu, Professor Jean Benoist, Marc Besson and Mme. Besson at Aix. Similar courtesies were extended by Mme. Lauret at the Centre de Documentation de l'Ocean Indien at St. Denis in La Reunion and by archivists and librarians in all of the islands, France, the United States, and Montreal. Thanks go to Paul Gallagher and to Linda Kramer of the Johnson State College Library for finding and smoothing paths.

part Part One|20 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Security and Authority in the Indian Ocean

part Part Two|180 pages

The Southwestern Islands: Latin Quarter of the Indian Ocean

chapter 2|23 pages

Comoros: The Contumely of Patriarchies

chapter 3|19 pages

Réunion Assimilation Vindicated

chapter 4|37 pages

Mauritius: Refractions of the Nations

chapter 5|29 pages

Seychelles: A Place in the Sea

chapter 6|43 pages

Madagascar: Riding Its Own Tiger

chapter 7|25 pages

A Latin Afro-Asia: Islands in Communion

part Part Three|30 pages

Paradoxes of Security, Reality of Power