The People of the Sea

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr
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Oceania is characterized by thousands of islands and archipelagoes amidst the vast expanse of the Pacific. Although it is one of the few truly oceanic habitats occupied permanently by humankind, surprisingly little research has been done on the maritime dimension of Pacific history. The People of the Sea attempts to fill this gap by combining neglected historical and scientific material to provide the first synthetic study of ocean-people interaction in the region from 1770 to 1870.

Author Biography

Paul D'Arcy teaches and writes on Pacific, environmental, and Asia-Pacificconflict history at Australian National University.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. IX
Abbreviationsp. XI
Acknowledgmentsp. XIII
Introduction: The All-Encompassmg Seap. 1
The Oceanic Environmentp. 5
Local Worlds: The Sea in Everyday Lifep. 27
Communication and Relative Isolation in the Sea of Islandsp. 50
Seafaring in Oceaniap. 70
Fluid Frontiers: The Sea as a Contested Spacep. 98
Across the Horizon: Interactions with the Outside Worldp. 118
Connected by the Sea: Toward a Regional History of the Western Caroline Islandsp. 144
Conclusion: Reclaiming the Seap. 164
Appendix: The Maritime Historiography Of Oceaniap. 175
Notesp. 183
Bibltographyp. 247
Indexp. 283
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