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Pacific: An Ocean of Wonders

Philip Hatfield



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British Library Publishing
01 September 2019
History; Australasian & Pacific history; Maritime history; Geographical discovery & exploration
If you centre a globe on Kiritimati (Christmas Island), all you see around it is a vast expanse of ocean. Islands of various sizes float in view while glimpses of continents encroach on the fringes, but this is a view dominated by water. The immense stretch of the Pacific Ocean is inhabited by a diverse array of peoples and cultures bound by a common thread: their relationship with the sea. The rich history of the Pacific is explored through specific objects, each one beautifully illustrated, from the earliest human engagement with the Pacific through to the modern day. With entries covering mapping, trade, whaling, flora and fauna, and the myriad vessels used to traverse the ocean, Pacific builds on recent interest in the voyages of James Cook to tell a broader history. This visually stunning publication highlights the importance of an ocean that covers very nearly a third of the surface of the globe, and which has dramatically shaped the world and people around it.
By:   Philip Hatfield
Imprint:   British Library Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 280mm, 
ISBN:   9780712352192
ISBN 10:   0712352198
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Replaced By:   9781988538051
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Philip Hatfield is Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies and has held a range of curatorial posts at the British Library. His illustrated history of Arctic exploration, Lines in the Ice, was published by the British Library in 2016.

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