The United States In The Pacific

Overview

This book traces the development of American private interests in the Pacific before the 1840s—trading, whaling, sealing, missionary work, etc.—and the gradual evolution of U.S. governmental interests in the region beginning with the 1840s. While governmental policies in the Pacific at first complemented the private interests in the region, public policy had by the late decades of the 19th century begun to develop in directions that had little relation to specific or genuine private interests in the Pacific. The ...

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Overview

This book traces the development of American private interests in the Pacific before the 1840s—trading, whaling, sealing, missionary work, etc.—and the gradual evolution of U.S. governmental interests in the region beginning with the 1840s. While governmental policies in the Pacific at first complemented the private interests in the region, public policy had by the late decades of the 19th century begun to develop in directions that had little relation to specific or genuine private interests in the Pacific. The result was that by 1899 a serious gap had been created between the policies and actions of the United States government and private American interests in the Pacific—a gap that would create problems for American policy in the 20th century.

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An examination of the experience of Americans who ventured into the Pacific before 1899 and the relationship that existed between their special interests and the varied, complex, and often contradictory public policies designed to support, promote, and restrain their activities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275950552
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1995
  • Pages: 246
  • Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD D. JOHNSON was Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa until his death in 1993.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1 The Beginnings 1
2 The Lure of the China Trade 15
3 First Americans in Other Pacific Areas 29
4 Whalers, Sealers, and Explorers 45
5 To the Pacific Coast 61
6 Americans in Hawai'i I 79
7 Americans in Hawai'i II 95
8 Oceanic Interests 113
9 Prelude to Empire 129
10 An Imperial Power 145
Conclusion 165
Notes 169
Selected Bibliography 199
Index 219
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