The Pacific World In the Age of the Americas Reading List

General Pacific History Reading

  • Visible Cities: Canton, Nagasaki, and Batavia and the Coming of the Americans by Leonard Blusse
  • Regionalism and Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security and Economic Development by Mark Beeson
  • China and Maritime Europe, 1500-1800: Trade, Settlement, Diplomacy, and Missions by John E. Wills Jr
  • In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia by Ronald Spector
  • The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan by Adam Clulow
  • East Indies: The 200 Year Struggle Between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for Supremacy in the Eastern Seas by Ian Burnet
  • Being “Dutch” in the Indies: A History of Creolisation and Empire, 1500-1920 by Ulbe Bosma and Remco Raben
  • Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce (2 volumes) by Anthony Reid
  • Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People by David Armitage (Editor), Alison Bashford (Editor)
  • Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433 by Edward L. Dreyer
  • The Great Ocean: Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush by David Igler
  • The Journals of Captain Cook by Captain James Cook
  • Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: Or the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton
  • Pacific Worlds by Matt K. Matsuda
  • A History of the Pacific Islands by Steven Roger Fischer
  • 1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
  • The Pacific Muse: Exotic Femininity and the Colonial Pacific by Patty O’Brien
  • Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History by Gregory T. Cushman
  • Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai’i by Carol A. MacLennan
  • Leviathans at the Gold Mine: Creating Indigenous and Corporate Actors in Papua New Guinea by Alex Golub
  • Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where All Things Are Possible by Richard D. Fulton and Peter H. Hoffenberg
  • Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner
  • The Race Question in Oceania: A. B. Meyer and Otto Finsch 1865-1914 by Hilary Susan Howes
  • Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands by W. David McIntyre
  • Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines by Michael Hawkins
  • France in the South Pacific: Power and Politics by Denise Fisher
  • Disturbing History: Resistance in Early Colonial Fiji by Robert Nicole
  • Inventing Japan: 1853-1964 by Ian Buruma
  • A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 by David J. Silbey
  • Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903 by Stuart Creighton Miller
  • Bound to Empire: The United States and the Philippines by H. W. Brands
  • The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, and the Philippines by Paul A. Kramer
  • China, East Asia and the Global Economy: Regional and Historical Perspectives by Takeshi Hamashita (Author), Mark Selden (Editor), Linda Grove (Editor)