Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850

Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850

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Spanning four centuries and vast space, this book combines the global history of ideas with particular histories of encounters between European voyagers and Indigenous people in Oceania (Island Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands). Douglas shows how prevailing concepts of human difference, or race, influenced travellers' approaches to encounters. Yet their presuppositions were often challenged or transformed by the appearance, conduct, and lifestyle of local inhabitants. The book's original theory and method reveal traces of Indigenous agency in voyagers' representations which in turn provided key evidence for the natural history of man and the science of race. In keeping with recent trends in colonial historiography, Douglas diverts historical attention from imperial centres to so-called peripheries, discredits the outmoded stereotype that Europeans necessarily dominated non-Europeans, and takes local agency seriously.Carlton: Melbourne University Press. Ross, M. 1996. ... Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ... PrAcsident des Terres Australesa€: Charles de Brosses and the French Enlightenment Beginnings of Oceanic Anthropologya#39;. Journal of ... Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Sahlins ... a#39;Writing the Voyage of Scientific Exploration: the Logbooks, Journals and Notes of the Baudin Expedition (1800a€“ 1804)a#39;.

Title:Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850
Author:Bronwen Douglas
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-03-26


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