Pacific Worlds

Pacific Worlds

by Matt K. Matsuda


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521887632
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction: encircling the ocean; 1. Civilization without a center; 2. Trading rings and tidal empires; 3. Straits, sultans and treasure fleets; 4. Conquered colonies and Iberian ambitions; 5. Island encounters and the Spanish lake; 6. Sea changes and spice islands; 7. Samurai, priests and potentates; 8. Pirates and raiders of the eastern seas; 9. Asia, America, and the age of the galleon; 10. Navigators of Polynesia and paradise; 11. Gods and sky piercers; 12. Extremities of the Great Southern Continent; 13. The world that Canton made; 14. Flags, treaties, and gunboats; 15. Migrations, plantations, and the people trade; 16. Imperial destinies on foreign shores; 17. Traditions of engagement and ethnography; 18. War stories from the Pacific theater; 19. Prophets and rebels of decolonization; 20. Critical mass for the earth and ocean; 21. Specters of memory, agents of development; 22. Repairing legacies, claiming histories; Afterword: world heritage.

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"Finally – a coherent portrayal of the immense Pacific. Matsuda narrates brilliantly the communities that traded and warred among islands, mainland, and currents; he illustrates beautifully the cultural exchanges and social struggles of this vast region. This book will ensure that the Pacific becomes central to discussion of global historical patterns." -Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh

“This is a daring and thought-provoking read, as the author weaves together individual life experiences to demonstrate the complex interplay between transcultural connectedness and power contestations. Reminiscent of Sugata Bose’s A Hundred Horizons, which focused on the Indian Ocean, Matsuda’s book has managed to transcend local, regional and world history in literary-quality tales of “overlapping transits” that challenge our conventional categories and highlight larger historical issues.” -David Chappell, University of Hawaìi

“The range of Matt Matsuda's Pacific Worlds is extraordinary. This book breaks down longstanding distinctions between the histories of the Pacific Islands and those of east and southeast Asia and America's Pacific coast. Broad-brush in the best sense, it offers a superb distillation of changing economies, societies, and imaginations. Taking the reader from ancient migrations to current political conflicts, it's a fine introduction to the human history of the world's largest ocean.” -Nicholas Thomas, University of Cambridge

''The book interweaves a fascinating network of tales and episodes that illuminate the diversity of Pacific localities and lives through history. Matsuda's narrative, revealing a remarkable breadth and depth of research and understanding, is both forcefully polemical and eloquently - even entertainingly - readable.” -Harriet Guest, University of York

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