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



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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.

Author Biography

Matt K. 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).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of mapsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introduction: Encircling the oceanp. 1
Civilization without a centerp. 9
Trading rings and tidal empiresp. 23
Straits, sultans, and treasure fleetsp. 37
Conquered colonies and Iberian ambitionsp. 49
Island encounters and the Spanish lakep. 64
Sea changes and Spice Islandsp. 74
Samurai, priests, and potentatesp. 88
Pirates and raiders of the Eastern seasp. 103
Asia, America, and the age of the galleonsp. 114
Navigators of Polynesia and paradisep. 127
Gods and sky piercersp. 144
Extremities of the Great Southern Continentp. 161
The world that Canton madep. 176
Hags, treaties, and gunboatsp. 197
Migrations, plantations, and the people tradep. 216
Imperial destinies on foreign shoresp. 233
Traditions of engagement and ethnographyp. 256
War stories from the Pacific theaterp. 275
Prophets and rebels of decolonizationp. 293
Critical mass for the earth and oceanp. 315
Specters of memory, agents of developmentp. 335
Repairing legacies, claiming historiesp. 355
Afterword: World heritagep. 375
Notesp. 379
Indexp. 413
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