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Pacific strife: the great powers and their political and economic rivalries in Asia and the Western Pacific 1870-1914

Pacific strife: the great powers and their political and economic rivalries in Asia and the Western Pacific 1870-1914

Dijk, C. van (Cornelis), 1946- author

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, colonial powers clashed over much of Central and East Asia: Great Britain and Germany fought over New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, Fiji, and Samoa; France and Great Britain competed over control of continental Southwest Asia; and the United States annexed the Philippines and Hawaii. Meanwhile, the possible disintegration of China and Japan's growing nationalism added new dimensions to the rivalries. Surveying these and other international developments in the Pacific basin during the three decades preceding World War I, Kees van Dijk traces the emergence of superpowers during the colonial race and analyzes their conduct as they struggled for territory

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Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Kees van Dijk
ISBN: 9048516196, 9789048516193, 9789089644206
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note: In English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (523 pages) : illustrations.
Series: IIAS publications series; Global Asia ; 5
Subject: History: earliest times to present day.; Colonies Oceania.; Eastern question (Far East); Pacific Area.; Asia.; Pacific Area Foreign relations.; History.; Pacific Area Politics and government.; Oceania.; Politics and government.; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900.; Diplomatic relations.; HISTORY Asia General.; Humanities.; Colonies.; Colonies Asia.
Series Title: IIAS publications series. Monographs.; Global Asia (Amsterdam, Netherlands) ; 5.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Steam and Istmus canals
  2. Planters, traders and labour in the South Pacific
  3. Fiji: the start of Anglo-German rivalry in the Pacific
  4. The Somoa conflict
  5. Germany enters the colonial race
  6. The New Guinea protectorates
  7. Great Britain, Russia and the Central Asian question
  8. Samoa remains a source of international tension
  9. The emerging economic world powers
  10. Great Britain, France and Southeast Asia
  11. The French-expansion westwards into Southeast Asia
  12. Russia, Japan and the Chinese empire
  13. Thailand and beyond
  14. The scramble for China: the Bay of Jiaozhou and Port Arthur
  15. The British reaction: Wei-Hai-Wei
  16. The scramble for China continues: Guangzhouwan and Tibet
  17. The failed annexation of Hawaii
  18. The United States becomes a colonial empire
  19. The partition of Samoa
  20. The Russo-Japanese war
  21. Great Britain's search for secure colonial frontiers
  22. The United States, Japan and the Pacific Ocean
  23. Epilogue.