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Maria Fusaro and Amélia Polónia

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497339

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497339.001.0001

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Lighting up the World? Empires and Islanders in the Pacific Whaling Industry, 1790-1860

Lighting up the World? Empires and Islanders in the Pacific Whaling Industry, 1790-1860

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(p.159) Lighting up the World? Empires and Islanders in the Pacific Whaling Industry, 1790-18601
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Maritime History as Global History
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David Haines

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497339.003.0007

This chapter explores the surge in pelagic whaling in the nineteenth century and how it contributed to globalisation. It examines the contact between European empires and indigenous Pacific island communities and the relationship between the whaling industry and European expansionism. It is divided into four parts: the first reviews whaling historiography; the second examines the origin of the Pacific whaling industry and its international components; the third examines the impact of whaling on Pacific island communities; and the fourth uses case studies exploring the impact from New Zealander and Hawaiian perspectives. It concludes that the whaling industry had a relatively minor long-term impact on globalisation - bar the depletion of whale stock, but an enormous overall impact on the furthering of European expansionism.

Keywords:   Pelagic Whaling, Pacific Whaling, European Expansionism, Whale Oil, Maritime Hawaii, Maritime New Zealand

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