HISTORY 304 - History of the Pacific Islands
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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The Pacific Islands. You might think of hula girls, conch shells, Moby Dick, aloha shirts, outrigger canoes, Gauguin, and 'Survivor: the Marquesas'; or then again, you might not think of anything. Strangely, although the Pacific Ocean is the biggest thing on earth, bigger than Africa, the Americas, and Asia combined, and actually neighbors the U.S., it is in many respects a blank space in our historical and cultural maps. The Pacific means more to the U.S. than you might think. Early U.S. imperial adventures were in its waters, a number of major industries were or are dependent on its resources; thousands of Americans died in the Pacific, most of America's remaining colonies are there, and the U.S. military dominates the region. These are just some of the issues we will cover in this course, which will cover the general history of the region, as well as focus on particular moments and places. Particular attention will be given to Pacific Islanders, their cultures and histories. No prior knowledge or study of the region is necessary. Assessment will be through four short in-class tests, an in-class presentation and a related writing assignment, participation in class discussion & activities, and a final paper.

HISTORY 304 - History of the Pacific Islands
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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