In Her Own Voice: Poems of Anandibai Joshee
Pilgrims in Print: Indigenous Readers Encounter John Bunyan
Cosmic Kinship: John Stewart’s “Sensate Matter” in the Early Republic
An American Flag in Japan: Townsend Harris and the materials of diplomacy, 1857-58
Common Sense and Imperial Atrocity
Ken Kesey Meets Lewis and Clark
Washington in China: A Media History of Reverse Painting on Glass
Curiosity and Cure: Peter Parker’s patients, Lam Qua’s portraits
“Like standing on the edge of the world and looking away into heaven”
A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of Wu Chih Tien: Mark Twain and Wong Chin Foo
Viewpoints on the China Trade
Chinese Market; Global Trade
Herman Melville and John Manjiro
From Necessity to Nuance: How Edith Maude Eaton Became Sui Sin Far, a Case Study
Finding the Early American Pacific
First Meetings in the North Pacific: Russians and “Americans” in the Aleutians
Silver, Science, and Routes to the West
A Radical Intellectual with Captain Cook: George Forster’s world voyage
American History on Other Continents
“Go West, Young Man…Far, Far West”
Go East, Young Man: How a drifter from Revolutionary Connecticut found the Pacific
The Printing Press as an Agent of Change?
One Man’s Skull
Encompassing the Sea of Islands: A most remarkable beach crossing
James Mario Matra: Voyager with Cook
Introduction: Toward a Pacific World
Pacific Travelers: The islanders who voyaged with Cook
Malaspina off and on the American Northwest Coast
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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