Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

Putting together a book is a group project. It feels almost absurd that only one name appears on a book given the tremendous support, inspiration, and help required to make it become real. This book, the result of over a decade of researching and writing, would not exist if not for the contributions of so many people it is difficult to give an exhaustive listing. I will try to give credit to the major players, but (in typical rhizomatous fashion) I cannot easily figure out...

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CHAPTER 1 Hegemony and Affinity in the Islands of Empire

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pp. 1-33

The Asia-Pacific region has long been an important space between competing powers striving for economic and political dominance. Due to its status as a boundary area between great military powers, the Pacific hosts an astounding array of military bases, combat-training areas, weapons-testing sites, deployed naval vessels, and nuclear arsenals. In recent years it has become the focus of global military and diplomatic attention as North Korea tests nuclear weapons...

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CHAPTER 2 Surveying the Baseworld

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pp. 34-51

Maintaining global hegemony is both an expansive and an expensive project. To project power globally, the United States has relied on a network of bases, training areas, and weapons-testing facilities scattered around the world. While having the world’s largest navy and employing such technological innovations as longer-range transports, bombers, and drones have extended the spatial reach of the U.S. military, the United States is still dependent on a collection of land...

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CHAPTER 3 Seeing like an Empire: Islands as Wastelands

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pp. 52-69

In this chapter I examine a particular aspect of how the United States attained and maintains its hegemonic status in the world: the development of nuclear weapons. To do so, however, I continue pursuing the book’s theme of examining how colonialism, militarization, and the destruction of Pacific landscapes have operated in concert to enable the production of U.S. hegemonic power. To continue that theme, in this chapter I examine the discursive representation and...

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CHAPTER 4 Local Resistances and Imperial Reactions

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pp. 70-90

The imperial “way of seeing” described in previous chapters operates in many sites across the Baseworld, and numerous consequences stem from the associated militarization of island communities. First, the decision to locate bases in these places affects the islands’ physical, biological, and social landscapes, with concomitant impacts on the well-being of the inhabitants and the islands’ political statuses. Second, these negative impacts create local resistances that...

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CHAPTER 5 Colonialism, Militarization, Tourism, and Environment as Nexus

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pp. 91-114

As I aim to demonstrate in the previous chapters, militarized landscapes are filled with not only social and political issues, but environmental ones as well. Bombs, munitions, fuels, and solvents used by modern militaries spread chemical and radiological contamination. Combat, maneuvers, and training tear up landscapes. Furthermore, the construction of bases, barracks, airstrips, and port facilities leave structures few people would consider natural. Military activities...

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CHAPTER 6 Networks of Affinity and Myths of the Postcolonial Pacific

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pp. 115-136

As previous chapters demonstrate, the islands in the imperial margins of the western Pacific have been subjected to intense militarization and colonial practices that aim to control their landscapes, ecologies, politics, and societies. In response, resistance has flared up on these islands, and civil society groups combating militarization have won some major victories: Kaho‘olawe is no longer a bombing range, Makua Valley is no longer used for live-fire training,...

Notes

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pp. 137-140

References

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pp. 141-154

Index

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pp. 155-160