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Facing West Americans and the Opening of the Pacific

ISBN-10: 0275949656

ISBN-13: 9780275949655

Edition: 1994

Authors: John C. Perry

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With bewildering speed, the North Pacific region has come to rival the North Atlantic as a global center of manufacturing, trade and information, and the generation of wealth. The economic statistics show that the "Age of the Pacific" has truly arrived. Perry vividly shows that from the early years of the republic many Americans anticipated a Pacific Age in world affairs that the United States would inevitably dominate, not in a territorial sense so much as in a cultural and commercial one. Despite the reality that Asia was of little real economic importance in American life until recently, a powerful image persisted in the American mind of the promise of riches to be found across the Pacific. This book provides the history of that dream, from the time of Spanish galleons to the hypersonic airplane of the future. Countless books have been written about American-East Asian relations, but fewer books have addressed the importance of the Pacific Ocean to the United States. No one before has shown so comprehensively how Americans dominated the creation of trans-Pacific trade routes. This book will be of great interest to professional historians and the general public interested in the history of American-Pacific relations, the history of transportation, and the history of the entrepreneurial doers and dreamers who spearheaded American commerce with Asia.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 11/22/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
The Cruel Pacific: A Prologue Opening the Great Ocean
Captain Cook and the American Corporal, John Ledyard "To Glory Arise!" 1784-1844
The Pacific: Key to New American Wealth? Searching for Something to Sell Science and Shipping Whitening the Seas, 1844-1869
Pushing Out Pacific Frontiers The Clipper Ship, Maury the Pathfinder, and the Great Circle Route Americans in Far Pacific Waters
Expeditions Americans in Far Pacific Waters: Entrepreneurs The Russian Connection Girdling the Earth, 1869-1914
Suez, British Ascendancy, and American Maritime Decline
The Great Transcontinental Pacific Railroads William Gilpin and the Cosmopolitan Railway Steamships on Schedule
The Pacific Mail Railroad Titans and the Beringian Route to Asia
Grasping the Western Pacific Theodore Roosevelt, the Pacific, and the Panama Canal Conquering the Skies, 1914-1941
World War I and Pacific Transport The Early Air Age
The Zeppelin: First Over the Pacific Juan Trippe and Pan American
"North to the Orient" China Clipper War, the North Pacific, and "The New American Frontier," 1941-1945
War Challenges Pacific Transport New Routes and New Frontiers Flying to Russia America, the New Global Hub?
The Collapse of the American Merchant Marine A New Northwest Passage
The Jet Revolution and American Leadership Splendid Fantasies
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index