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

The Pacific Islands: Paths to the Present
Evelyn Colbert.
Westview Press, 1997
Geography of the Pacific
Otis W. Freeman.
John Wiley & Sons, 1951
The Archaeology of Difference: Negotiating Cross-Cultural Engagements in Oceania
Robin Torrence; Anne Clarke.
Routledge, 2000
A. M. Hocart.
Oxford University Press, 1927
Confronting the Margaret Mead Legacy: Scholarship, Empire, and the South Pacific
Lenora Foerstel; Angela Gilliam.
Temple University Press, 1992
The Religions of Oceania
Tony Swain; Garry Trompf.
Routledge, 1995
The Art of the South Sea Islands, Including Australia and New Zealand
Alfred Buehler; Terry Barrow; Charles P. Mountford.
Crown Publishers, 1962
Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific
Eric M. Bergerud.
Westview Press, 2000
Cultural Imperialism and Exact Sciences: German Expansion Overseas, 1900-1930
Lewis Pyenson.
Peter Lang, 1985
Developmental Issues in Small Island Economies
David L. McKee; Clem Tisdell.
Praeger Publishers, 1990
The Unraveling of Island Asia? Governmental, Communal, and Regional Instability
Bruce Vaughn.
Praeger, 2002
A Political Chronology of South-East Asia and Oceania
David Lea; Colette Milward; Annamarie Rowe.
Europa Publications, 2001
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