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Asia-Pacific in the Making of the Americas: Toward a Global History

Asia-Pacific in the Making of the Americas: Toward a Global History

The twenty-first-century transpacific is the new globalized terrain of cultural production, markets, and cultural forms radically restructured by the triumph and hypermobility of financial capital, the rapid growth of Asian capitalisms, and the emergence of a transpacific mass culture."

-Robert G. Lee

East Asia has caught our attention. As Americanists turn toward this, not new, but newly recognized transnational and transoceanic sphere, backs to a cherished Atlantic World, we—explorers in the archives—discover centuries of complex connections among East Asians and Americans that remain in the shadows of American historiography. The Asia-Pacific in the Making of the Americas project (APMA) brings together scholars from around the world in a range of disciplines who devote research to national as well as less-visible transnational transpacific interactions from the 16th through the 19th centuries. This journal strives to foster a global network of scholars, working together to generate new questions and insights, more accessible resources, and new research agendas for the exploration of economic, material, intellectual, and creative Asian-Pacific impacts on developments in the Americas, 1560-1900. 

How to Use the Website
We have synthetically divided this long period of transpacific interactions into three categories: "The Spanish Pacific," "The China Trade Era," and "The Nineteenth-Century U.S. Pacific."  We realize that year to year, region to region, and state to state, all exchanges and imprints flowed together in mutually influential currents, such that any named periodization is partial.  The Scalar web design allows the editors some flexibility in demonstrating overlap and contextual contingency.  

To begin, find essays by clicking on the icon in the upper left-hand corner of this page, and then click the little arrow to the left of heading to see essay titles. The Timeline and Media Gallery found at the bottom of the initial heading list offer additional ways of knowing the Pacific during this time.  To view a comprehensive Table of Contents, click on the compass icon and then on "visualizations."  Alternatively, begin reading and just follow the "paths" without premeditation.  

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