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Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment

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Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment by John Gascoigne
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The Pacific Ocean was the setting for the last great chapter in the convergence of humankind from across the globe. Driven by Enlightenment ideals, Europeans sought to extend control to all quarters of the earth through the spread of beliefs, the promotion of trade and the acquisition of new knowledge. This book surveys the consequent encounters between European expansionism and the peoples of the Pacific. John Gascoigne weaves together the stories of British, French, Spanish, Dutch and Russian voyages to destinations throughout the Pacific region. In a lively and lucid style, he brings to life the idealism, adventures and frustrations of a colourful cast of historical figures. Drawing upon a range of fields, he explores the complexities of the relationships between European and Pacific peoples. Richly illustrated with historical images and maps, this seminal work provides new perspectives on the significance of European contact with the Pacific in the Enlightenment.

Author Biography

John Gascoigne is Scientia Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales.
Release date NZ
February 20th, 2014
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
12 Maps; 69 Halftones, unspecified; 1 Line drawings, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
574
Dimensions
152x228x35
ISBN-13
9780521879590
Product ID
21395860

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