HIST 481: Pacific Islands I

Monica LaBriola
TR 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Fall 2018 | CRN: 89643 | Section 001


This course surveys Pacific pasts, including Hawai‘i, from the first arrival of people into the region through the start of the colonial period. We will place particular emphasis on the themes of historiography, culture contact, cross-cultural history, and the contemporary resurgence of indigenous Pacific Islander historical methods. We will consider the strong links between past and present in any historical consciousness, and history’s definitions, purposes, presentations, and methods of inquiry in different cultural settings.


  • Howe, The Quest for Origins: Who First Discovered and Settled the Pacific Islands?
  • Weekly readings provided by the instructor.