Oceania (ōshēăn´ēə, –ā´nēə) or Oceanica (ōshēăn´Ĭkə), collective name for the approximately 25,000 islands of the Pacific, usually excluding such nontropical areas as the Ryukyu and Aleutian islands and Japan, as well as Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines, whose populations are more closely related to mainland Asia. Oceania is generally considered synonomous with the South Sea Islands and is divided ethnologically into Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

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Oceania: Selected full-text books and articles

Geography of the Pacific By Otis W. Freeman John Wiley & Sons, 1951
Kingship By A. M. Hocart Oxford University Press, 1927
The Religions of Oceania By Tony Swain; Garry Trompf Routledge, 1995
The Art of the South Sea Islands, Including Australia and New Zealand By Alfred Buehler; Terry Barrow; Charles P. Mountford Crown Publishers, 1962
Developmental Issues in Small Island Economies By David L. McKee; Clem Tisdell Praeger Publishers, 1990
A Political Chronology of South-East Asia and Oceania By David Lea; Colette Milward; Annamarie Rowe Europa Publications, 2001
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