1) Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures – Matt K. Matsuda
Cambridge University Press | 2012 | PDF
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.
2) A History of the Pacific Islands – Steven R. Fischer
Palgrave Macmillan | 2002 | EPUB
This wide-ranging study of the Pacific Islands provides a dynamic and provocative account of the peopling of the Pacific, and its broad impact on world history. Spanning nearly 50,000 years of human presence in an area which comprises one-third of our planet – Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia – the narrative follows the development of the region, from New Guinea’s earliest settlement to the creation of the modern Pacific states. It also examines the fascinating processes which have contributed to the formation of the hybrid Pacific we know today.
A History of the Pacific Islands
– traces the extraordinarily varied genealogy of all Pacific peoples, looking at their descent from Papuan tribesmen, Austronesian mariners and foreign colonists
– examines the rich inheritance of the Islands as a consequence of succeeding waves of invading, then dominating peoples
– explores the effect on the region – as well as the corresponding global implications – of voyaging, whaling, pandemics, colonization, trade, exploitation, war, nuclear testing and nationhood
Informed by the most recent research and scholarship, Steven Roger Fischer’s unique text provides a comprehensive yet concise overview of the Pacific Island’s past. It is a highly accessible and invaluable introduction to the history of an area which is currently emerging as pivotal in international affairs.