• Academic Credits: 3
  • Mode of Instruction: Lecture
  • Course Description

    China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Samoa, Tahiti, Eastern Island as well as the coasts of North and South America are just a few of the places covered, along with the spice trade, pirates, galleons, naval warfare, colonial societies, and scientific exploration. This course is a survey of Pacific island peoples and cultures and their relations with East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas from early navigators and settlers to the colonial and postcolonial eras of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Also traces modern histories including the Pacific War, the rise of Asian economies, nuclear testing, and global warming impacts.