Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges
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272pp. April 2007
Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges
Editor: Bentley, Jerry H.; Bridenthal, Renate; Wigen, Karen;
Historians have only recently begun to chart the experiences of maritime regions in rich detail and penetrate the historical processes at work there. Seascapes makes a major contribution to these efforts by bringing together original scholarship on historical issues arising from maritime regions around the world.

The essays presented here take a variety of approaches. One group examines the material, cultural, and intellectual constructs that inform and explain historical experiences of maritime regions. Another set discusses efforts—some more successful than others—to impose political and military control over maritime regions. A third group focuses on issues of social history such as labor organization, information flows, and the development of political consciousness among subaltern populations. The final essays deal with pirates and efforts to control them in Mediterranean, Japanese, and Atlantic waters.

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Perspectives on the Global Past Series
“This volume proves that maritime socio-cultural history forces scholars to rethink their concepts of time, space and knowledge. It not only will help us to understand the past in general but also will clarify how globalization came about.” —International Journal of Maritime History (19:2, December 2007)
Editor: Bentley, Jerry H.; Bridenthal, Renate; Wigen, Karen;
Jerry H. Bentley was professor of history at the University of Hawai‘i. Renate Bridenthal is professor of history (emerita) at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. Kären Wigen is associate professor of history at Stanford University.

Contributors: G. Balachandran, Jerry H. Bentley, Renate Bridenthal, Giancarlo Casale, Alan Gregory Cobley, Risa L. Faussette, Jennifer L. Gaynor, John Gillis, Eliga Gould, Alan L. Karras, Carla Rahn Phillips, Marcus Rediker, Peter D. Shapinsky, Emily Sohmer Tai, Hans Konrad Van Tilburg, Kerry Ward, Kären Wigen.

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