South Pacific World
HIST 154 - South Pacific World3 hours This course offers an overview of a roughly 200 year period (1700—1900) in the history of the South Pacific. It examines how the era of European expansionism through earlier periods of cartographic exploration (navigational mapping) culminated in the establishment of a network of colonial trading outposts in the 18th century and then transposed into a multi-purpose strategic, scientific, economic and imperial enterprise in the 19th century. In other words, our guiding question is, “How did the Pacific world change from its own pace of historically unfolding contexts to one that involved European colonialism and ultimately imperialism across approximately two centuries?” Our deeper purpose is two-fold: to examine how Europeans’ motives for sailing the Pacific Ocean underwent change as society itself changed back home in Europe, as well as to study broader processes of inter-cultural contact.
Prerequisite(s): This course is not open to juniors or seniors without the consent of the department.This course will satisfy the history core area requirement and the multicultural requirement