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Survey of Pacific Islands History

History 288
Spring 1993

 

Instructor: David A. Chappell
Department of History
University of Hawai at Manoa
Sakamaki A-404
Honolulu, HI 96822

This introductory course will examine the history of the Pacific Islands from precolonial to modern times: from indigenous settlement and interaction, through Euroamerican contact and colonial rule, to ongoing independence struggles and other contemporary regional issues.

Required Texts:

  • Kerry R. Howe: Where the Waves Fall
  • Stewart Firth: Nuclear Playground
  • Albert Wendt: Pouliuli
  • Also: xeroxed hand-outs

Requirements: 3 non-cumulative examinations, 2 book reviews, oral participation, and regular attendance.

Grading Policy: 2 Mid-Terms & Final each count 25% of grade, 3-page book reviews (Wendt, Firth) each 10%, oral participation 5%; 90% or above = A, 80% = B, 70% = C, 60% = D, below 60% = F. Exams will consist of multiple choice, matching, identify and essay questions.

Assignment Schedule: Reading Due:

 

Jan. 13 (W): Course Introduction

 

15 (F): Pacific Islands History Howe: Preface, Ch. 16

 

18 (M): HOLIDAY: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

20 (W): FILM: The Navigators Howe: Chapter 1

 

22 (F): Indigenous Migrations Howe: pp. 25-40

 

25 (M): Indigenous Settlement Howe: pp. 40-43, 50-57

 

27 (W): Population and Politics Howe: pp. 44-50, 59-66

 

29 (F): Exchange Systems Howe: pp. 57-59

 

Feb. 1 (M): FILM: First Contact

 

3 (W): Euroamerican Contact I Howe: pp. 69-80.

 

5 (F): Euroamerican Contact II Howe: pp. 80-90,281-84

 

8 (M): Economic Interaction I Howe: pp. 91-95,102-08

 

10 (W): Economic Interaction II Howe: pp.285-86,319-26

 

12 (F): Indigenous Response Howe: 95-102, 326-43

 

15 (M): HOLIDAY: President's Day

 

17 (W): FIRST MID-TERM EXAMINATION

 

19 (F)FILM: Hawaii Howe: Chapter 6

 

22 (M): Missionization I Howe: pp.286-88, 292-307

 

24 (W):Missionization II Howe: 289-92, 307-318

 

26 (F): Tahiti Howe: Chapter 7

 

March 1 (M): Hawaii I Howe: pp. 152-63

 

3 (W): Hawaii II Howe: pp. 163-76

 

5 (F): Sovereignty? Trask hand-out

 

8 (M): Samoa Howe: Chapter 11

 

10 (W): Fa'a Samoa?

 

12 (F): POULIULI ESSAY DUE

 

15 (M): Aotearoa (N.Z.) Howe: Ch 10

 

17 (W): Maori Nationalism Sinclair hand-out

 

19 (F): Tonga I Howe: Ch. 9

 

22-26 SPRING RECESS

 

29 (M): Tonga II Hills hand-out

 

" 31 (W): Fiji Howe: Ch. 12

 

April 2 (F): Coups Lal hand-out

 

5 (M): SECOND MID-TERM EXAMINATION

 

7 (W): Resistance to Colonialism Pohnpei hand-out

 

9 (F): HOLIDAY: Good Friday

 

12 (M): Colonial Transformations White hand-out I

 

14 (W): FILM: Angels of War White hand-out II

 

16 (F): World War II

 

19 (M): Micronesia

 

21 (W): FILM: Radio Bikini

 

23 (F): NUCLEAR PLAYGROUND ESSAY DUE

 

26 (M): Decolonization Larmour hand-out

 

28 (W): New Caledonia Tjibaou hand-out

 

30 (F): Nation-Building in Melanesia Bougainville h-o

 

May 3 (M): Dependency or Self-Determination?

 

7 (W): The Pacific Way Hau‘ofa hand-out

 

14 (F): FINAL EXAMINATION 12:00-2:00 pm

 

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