Beyond Hawai'i: Native Labor in the Pacific World (Paperback)
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In the century from the death of Captain James Cook in 1779 to the rise of the sugar plantations in the 1870s, thousands of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) men left Hawai‘i to work on ships at sea and in na ‘aina ‘e (foreign lands)—on the Arctic Ocean and throughout the Pacific Ocean, and in the equatorial islands and California. Beyond Hawai‘i tells the stories of these forgotten indigenous workers and how their labor shaped the Pacific World, the global economy, and the environment. Whether harvesting sandalwood or bird guano, hunting whales, or mining gold, these migrant workers were essential to the expansion of transnational capitalism and global ecological change. Bridging American, Chinese, and Pacific historiographies, Beyond Hawai‘i is the first book to argue that indigenous labor—more than the movement of ships and spread of diseases—unified the Pacific World.
About the Author
Gregory Rosenthal is Assistant Professor of History at Roanoke College.
"Rosenthal’s excellent study of the Hawaiian nineteenth-century working class from its inception to its dissolution is particularly relevant for under-standing the undercurrents of past imperialistic capitalist oppression. The ‘re-membering’ of this community is a significant step in the development of this neglected area within postcolonial studies, one which will hopefully inspire future researchers to engage in Rosenthal’s pursuit of epistemological justice."
— Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies