Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 2012 - History - 436 pages
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Asia, the Pacific Islands and the coasts of the Americas have long been studied separately. This essential single-volume history of the Pacific traces the global interactions and remarkable peoples that have connected these regions with each other and with Europe and the Indian Ocean, for millennia. From ancient canoe navigators, monumental civilisations, pirates and seaborne empires, to the rise of nuclear testing and global warming, Matt Matsuda ranges across the frontiers of colonial history, anthropology and Pacific Rim economics and politics, piecing together a history of the region. The book identifies and draws together the defining threads and extraordinary personal narratives which have contributed to this history, showing how localised contacts and contests have often blossomed into global struggles over colonialism, tourism and the rise of Asian economies. Drawing on Asian, Oceanian, European, American, ancient and modern narratives, the author assembles a fascinating Pacific region from a truly global perspective.
 

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Contents

Encircling the ocean
1
1 Civilization without a center
9
2 Trading rings and tidal empires
23
3 Straits sultans and treasure fleets
37
4 Conquered colonies and Iberian ambitions
49
5 Island encounters and the Spanish lake
64
6 Sea changes and spice islands
74
7 Samurai priests and potentates
88
14 Flags treaties and gunboats
197
15 Migrations plantations and the people trade
216
16 Imperial destinies on foreign shores
233
17 Traditions of engagement and ethnography
256
18 War stories from the Pacific theater
275
19 Prophets and rebels of decolonization
293
20 Critical mass for the earth and ocean
315
21 Specters of memory agents of development
335

8 Pirates and raiders of the Eastern seas
103
9 Asia America and the age of the galleons
114
10 Navigators of Polynesia and paradise
127
11 Gods and sky piercers
144
12 Extremities of the Great Southern Continent
161
13 The world that Canton made
176
22 Repairing legacies claiming histories
355
World Heritage
375
Notes
379
Index
413
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Matt Matsuda is Professor of History at Rutgers University where he teaches Modern European and Asia-Pacific comparative histories. His previous publications include Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific (2003).

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