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ISS 315 Reading Guide Noel J. Kent, Hawaii: Islands Under the Influence . University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu (1993) Introduction What is Kent’s main objection to the histories of Hawaii? What do you think he means by political economy? What is the dependency framework of emerging countries? In Kent’s view, what has been the main limitation on Hawaii’s development? What is the role of elite alliances? Chapter 1: To Kealakekua Bay and Beyond Why was it significant that Cooke was British? What was the traditional economic base of Hawaiian society? What was kapu and how did it shape the traditional society? Who were the alii ? How did contact with the west change the Hawaiian economy? What is the political cooption of the elite? Who was Kamehameha and how did Captain Vancouver help him? How did political consolidate benefit the Europeans? Chapter 2: A Tale of Sandalwood and Whaling How did sandalwood fit into the tea trade? How profitable was it? Why did New England come to dominate the trade? What is the Monroe Doctrine? How did Kamehameha’s monopoly of the sandalwood trade affect commoners? How did this change with his death? How did U.S. warships assist in collecting debts? What factors exogenous (generated from outside) the Hawaiian Islands influence the Pacific whaling industry? How did native Hawaiian respond to the cash economy? How did it change the local economy? Why did Honolulu become the “center within the periphery?” What caused the collapse of the whaling industry? How did this lead to the growth of a agro-industrial economy? Chapter 3: Dispossession of a People What was the relationship of the New England missionaries to the alii ? How did view traditional Hawaiian culture? How did they shape the infrastructure? How did the role of the missionaries change with regard to the native people and the merchants? How did the new land tenure system make sugar plantations possible? How did the U.S.S. Peacock ensure the property rights of foreigners? Why did they want land to be a transferable commodity? What was the Great Mahele? How did the Kuleana Act of 1850 affect the kuleanas and how did their land rapidly pass into the control of the sugar plantations? Who are the kanakas ? How did the native Hawaiians respond to this? What are messianic cults? Chapter 4: The Rise of King Sugar What are the three ingredients for commercial success in the sugar industry? What are the three characteristics of a sugar society? How did the status of ex-missionaries benefit them?
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