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The Quest for identity THE emergence of the countries of the Third World on the international scene has enabled islands to assert themselves as economically, socially and geo-climatically distinct. The legitimacy of their claims is now acknowledged, but they have by no means won full practical recognition. furthermore, the specific cultural characteristics of islands have not yet been given sufficient consideration.
Most islands have been affected by changing fortunes and the upheavals of history. They have been the targets of historical rivalry and of maritime greed on the part of nations which have sought to explit their strategic value or have attempted to impose trade monopolies.
As regards the people who live on …