1st Edition

The Pacific Basin An Introduction

Edited By Shane J. Barter, Michael Weiner Copyright 2017
    238 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Pacific Basin: An Introduction is a new textbook which provides an interdisciplinary and comparative overview of the emerging Pacific world. Interest in the Pacific Basin has increased markedly in recent years, driven largely by the rise of China as a global rival to the United States and Asian development more generally. Growth in eastern Asia, as well as in the western Americas, has led the Pacific Basin to evolve as a dynamic economic zone. To make sense of this transformation, the book:

    • Defines the Pacific Basin, locates it in academic research, and explains its importance.
    • Addressees the historical origins and evolution of the Pacific Basin and its sub-regions.
    • Introduces students to the historical and contemporary relationships, continuities and differences that characterize the region.
    • Incorporates analyses of colonialism and imperialism, migration and settlement, economic development and trade, international relations, war and memory, environmental policy, urbanization, mental and public health, gender, film, and literature.
    • Connects the diverse peoples of this vast area, explores their common challenges and the diverse responses to these challenges, and provides a window into the lived humanity of the Pacific Basin.

    The Pacific Basin: An Introduction is a key textbook for undergraduate courses on the Pacific Basin, the Pacific Rim, International Studies, Geography, World History, and Globalization.

    1 An Introduction to the Pacific Basin Shane J. Barter & Michael Weiner

    Areas of the Pacific Basin

    2 Oceania: An Overview Edward D. Lowe

    3 Southeast Asia: Unity in Diversity Shane J. Barter

    4 East Asia: Convergence and Divergence Michael Weiner

    5 The North American Sphere of Influence: From Sea to Shining Sea John M. Heffron

    6 Latin America: A Living and Changing Artifact Sarah England & Ian Read

    Themes across the Pacific Basin

    7 The Age of Colonialism(s) Shane J. Barter

    8 The Pacific War: Remembering & Forgetting Michael Weiner

    9 Migration, Immigration, and Settlement within the Pacific Basin Sarah England & Michael Weiner

    10 Global Cities, Megacities, Ordinary Cities: Urbanization across the Pacific Basin Deike Peters

    11 Economic Development in the Pacific Basin since World War II Hong-Yi Chen

    12 Understanding TPP’s Significance for the Pacific Basin Edward M. Feasel

    13 Boundary Disputes in the Pacific Basin Lisa MacLeod

    14 Armed Conflict across the Pacific: Patterns and Possibilities Shane J. Barter

    15 Environmental Protection in the Pacific Basin George J. Busenberg

    16 State Building, Disease, and Public Health Ian Read & Michael Weiner

    17 Rapid Societal Change and Mental Health Vulnerabilities in the Pacific Basin Edward D. Lowe

    18 Trans-Identity: Theory, Politics, and Identity across the Pacific Basin Ryan Ashley Caldwell & Kristi M. Wilson

    19 Gender Violence: Honor, Shame, and the Violation of Bodies in Guatemala and India Sarah England

    20 The Literature of Exile J P Kehlen

    21 Documentary Film and Trauma in the Pacific Basin Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli


    Shane J. Barter is Assistant Professor at Soka University of America. His books include Civilian Strategy in Civil War (2014) and Explaining the Genetic Footprints of Catholic and Protestant Colonizers (2015).

    Michael Weiner is Professor of East Asian History and International Studies, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Soka University of America. His publications include Race and Migration in Imperial Japan (1994), Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Modern Japan (2004) and Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity (1997, 2009).