Pacific Worlds

By Matt K. Matsuda

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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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> Australian & New Zealand History

Pacific Worlds
A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1/19/12
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139209493
ISBN 13: 9781139209496
Print ISBN: 9780521887632

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