Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 6, 2005 - History - 324 pages
In January 1788, the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales, Australia and a thousand British men and women encountered the people who would be their new neighbors. Dancing with Strangers tells the story of what happened between the first British settlers of Australia and these Aborigines. Inga Clendinnen interprets the earliest written sources, and the reports, letters and journals of the first British settlers in Australia. She reconstructs the difficult path to friendship and conciliation pursued by Arthur Phillip and the local leader 'Bennelong' (Baneelon) that was ultimately destroyed by the assertion of profound cultural differences. A Prize-winning archaeologist, anthropologist and historian of ancient Mexican cultures, Inga Clendinnen has spent most of her teaching career at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Australia. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan (Cambridge, 1989) and Aztecs: An Interpretation (Cambridge, 1995) are two of her best-known scholarly works; Tiger's Eye: A Memoir, (Scribner, 2001) describes her battle against liver cancer. Reading the Holocaust (Cambridge, 2002) explores World War II genocide from various perspectives.
 

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What happened when British settlers landed in the country of a people they knew nothing about? What did those people think? What did they do? The story of Sydney's very first few years. Honest, probing, challenging. What history should be. Read full review

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The story of the contact between indigenous Australians and the British in what became Sydney between 1788 and 1795. Clendinnen shows that the first Governor, Arthur Phillip and Bennelong wanted much ... Read full review

Contents

DANCING WITH STRANGERS
6
MEETING THE INFORMANTS
12
GOVERNOR ARTHUR PHILLIP
19
CAPTAIN JOHN HUNTER COMMANDER OF HMS SIRIUS
37
SURGEONGENERAL JOHN WHITE
44
JUDGEADVOCATE DAVID COLLINS
51
WATKIN TENCH CAPTAINLIEUTENANT OF MARINES
57
JANUARY 1788SPRING 1790 SETTLING IN
67
ON DISCIPLINE
182
20 JANUARYFEBRUARY 1791 POTATO THIEVES
191
21 APRIL 1791 EXPEDITION
200
BOLADEREE
209
BARANGAROO
219
NOVEMBERDECEMBER 1791 TENCH GOES HOME
230
DECEMBER 1792 PHILLIP GOES HOME
238
DECEMBER 1793 AND AFTER COLLINS GOES HOME
243

17881789 WHAT THE AUSTRALIANS SAW
83
ARABANOO
94
ENTER BANEELON
102
SEPTEMBER 1790 SPEARING THE GOVERNOR
110
OCTOBERNOVEMBER 1790 COMING IN
133
OCTOBERNOVEMBER 1790 HOUSE GUESTS
140
BRITISH SEXUAL POLITICS
152
AUSTRALIAN SEXUAL POLITICS
159
NOVEMBER 1790 BOAT TRIP TO ROSE HILL
168
18 DECEMBER 1790 HEADHUNT
172
COLLINS RECONSIDERS
253
17951813 BANEEL ON RETURNED
264
1830 BUNGAREE
273
183940 ENTER MRS CHARLES MEREDITH
280
EPILOGUE
285
NOTES ON SOURCES
290
ILLUSTRATIONS
315
BIBLIOGRAPHY
316
INDEX
322
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Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus Scholar in History at La Trobe University. She is also the author of Aztecs (Cambridge, 1991), Reading the Holocaust (Cambridge, 1999), and Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in the Yucatan, 1517-1570 (2nd edition 2003, Cambridge).

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