This title was first published in 2002.In recent years scholars have begun to conceptualize the history of the Pacific Ocean as a subset of world history. This question is taken up in the introductory chapter of this volume, which sets out four periods of modern Pacific history: a silver period, 1570s-1750; a period of early integration, 1750-1850; a gold period, 1850-c.1900; and a period of imperial strategies after the gold rushes. The next chapter looks at the fur trade of the Pacific coast of America, and its dependence on markets in China and Russia, followed by a set which focus on the era of the gold rushes, in California, Australia and New Zealand, when the pace of Pacific integration grew rapidly and new markets opened across the ocean. The last chapters examine aspects of the subsequent evolution of the Pacific Ocean into an ’American lake’, looking in particular at the interlocking of politics and migration. This volume carries forward study of the ’Pacific Centuries’, promoting the conceptualization of the Pacific Ocean as a coherent unit of analysis, and providing further important steps toward provision of the multi-century framework that is required for proper understanding of today’s ’Pacific Century’.
Contents: In search of periodization for Pacific History: an introduction, Dennis O. Flynn, Arturo GirÃ¡ldez, and James Sobredo; Soft gold: animal skins and the early economy of California, Jim Hardee; San Francisco’s Pacific exports, 1850-1898, David J. St. Clair; Powerhouse economies of the Pacific: a comparative study of gold and wheat in 19th-century Victoria and California, Warwick Frost; New Zealand and the gold rushes of the mid-19th century, Kenneth E. Jackson; Gold Rush California bound: new evidence from French passenger lists, Annick Foucrier; The rim of fire: Pacific Rim cities and the problem of fires, Lionel Frost; World War I, the American Interior, and Pacific markets: a look at distant impacts, Nancy J. Taniguchi; Race and the right kind of island: immigration policy in Hawaii and Cuba under US auspices, 1899-1912, Katharine Bjork; The 1934 Tydings-McDuffie Act and Filipino exclusion: social, political and economic context revisited, James Sobredo; Communists, Christians, and Japanese Imperial subjects: Okinawan immigrants within the Japanese diaspora, 1899-1941, Edith M. Kaneshiro; Hong Kong: constitutional development and corporate culture, Frank H. H. King; The Philippine annexation: an experiment of profound interest, Arthur Power Dudden; Cold War casualties: the impact of American nuclear testing policies in the Pacific, 1954, Martha Smith-Norris; Index.
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