Empires of the Coral Sea

Moore, Clive (2014). Empires of the Coral Sea. In Robert Aldrich and Kirsten McKenzie (Ed.), The Routledge History of Western Empires (pp. 151-164) Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

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Author Moore, Clive
Title of chapter Empires of the Coral Sea
Title of book The Routledge History of Western Empires
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, UK
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series The Routledge Histories
ISBN 9780415639873
Editor Robert Aldrich
Kirsten McKenzie
Chapter number 10
Start page 151
End page 164
Total pages 14
Total chapters 32
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Think of the Mediterranean Sea and immediately an image comes to mind of a body of water wedged between Europe and Africa. For thousands of years the Mediterranean has been a crossroads between Europe and Africa, the cradle of several civilisations and an economic highway. The Coral Sea does not conjure up the same immediate images, nor is it surrounded by land, yet in Pacific terms it provided a similar crossroads with a cultural unity, and around its shores lay the colonies of major empires. The earliest imperial claims were ephemeral—sixteenth-century Spanish explorers with ambitions beyond their abilities—yet inexorably the Pacific Islands became incorporated into the German, British and French Empires in the nineteenth century and into Australia’s New Guinea territories in the early twentieth. Empire-builders did not rush to take control of the Coral Sea islands: the process grew out of what is known as the labour trade, and finally out of late nineteenth-century rivalries and the proximity of the British Australian colonies, particularly Queensland...
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