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Double Ghosts: Oceanian Voyagers on Euroamerican Ships (Sources and Studies in World History)by David A. Chappell
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This compelling narrative recounts the eighteenth and nineteenth century "shipping out" of Pacific Islanders aboard European and American vessels, a kind of "counter-exploring", that echoed the ancient voyages of settlement of their island ancestors. The author weaves numerous local, regional and national accounts into a single narrative that builds to a history of cross-cultural contact. Based on an exhaustive search and summary of primary source material, the work shows that non-Europeans played a dynamic role in the integration of the world economy and the many forms of acculturation that ensued. Chappell explains the significance of "shipping out" as a world history phenomenon and demonstrates that European expansion was a two-sided process involving a variety of participants.
Book News Annotation:
Chronicles the history of the peoples of Oceania who, for over 1,000 years, colonized the islands of the Pacific with their double-hulled canoes. The age of European and American sailing ships began a "second diaspora" for many Pacific Islanders. Suggests that the beach has two sides, and that the border of a seafaring people does not begin on the beach but beyond it, in the waters they have fished, sailed across, and memorized for generations. Examines the importance of Pacific Islanders to Western sailing, whaling, charting, communication, and trade.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-220) and index.
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