Pacific : an ocean of wonders / Philip J. Hatfield.
- Seattle : University of Washington Press, 
223 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 x 29 cm
- Islands of the Pacific.
Pacific Area -- Discovery and exploration -- History.
- The Pacific Ocean covers very nearly a third of the surface of the globe and is inhabited by a diverse array of peoples and cultures bound by a common thread: their relationship with the sea. This visually stunning book highlights the importance of the Pacific, uncovering stories of beachcombers, piracy, surfing, castaways, mutineers, nuclear weapons tests, and kaiju monster movies. The rich history of this vast ocean is explored through an intriguing collection of objects, each one beautifully illustrated, from the earliest human engagement with the Pacific through to the modern day. Covering topics as diverse as mapping, whaling, trade, and the myriad vessels used to traverse the ocean, Pacific tells a broad history that extends to current political tensions and the environmental dangers that threaten the ocean's islands--back cover.
- Part 1. An ocean of peoples
Part 2. Empire of islands
Part 3. Islands in a globalized world.
- Illustrations on lining papers.
Includes bibliographical references (page 213) and index.
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