Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds
Captain James Cook was a supreme navigator and explorer, but in many ways was also a representative of English attitudes in the eighteenth century. In his voyages he came across peoples with hugely different systems of thought, belief and culture.
Born in North Yorkshire in 1728, entered the world of the peoples of the South Pacific the gulf between the two cultures was not nearly as vast as it was a century later, when ships made of metal and powered by steam were able to expand and enforce European Empires. In their different ways both the British and the peoples of the Pacific had to battle the seas and its moods with timber vessels pwered by sail and human muscle.
John Gascoigne focuses on what happened when the two systems met, and how each side interpreted the other in terms of their own beliefs and experiences.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Banbury - LibraryThing
This is a clearly written biography that sets forth not only the events of Captain Cook's life, but also the context in which he lived it. It is not a chatty biography, and it does not contain details ... Read full review
Captain Cook: voyager between worldsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Many biographies have been written about Capt. James Cook, covering his career in the British Royal Navy and his explorations of the South Pacific in the late 18th century, but Gascoigne (history ... Read full review