Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds

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Bloomsbury Academic, Jun 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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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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 worlds

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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



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Professor John Gascoigne was educated at the universities of Sydney, Princeton and Cambridge. He has taught in Papua New Guinea and since 1980 has been a member of the School of History, University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His five previous books and other publications have dealt with the impact of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment and include a two-volume study of Joseph Banks and his world. His most recent work is The Enlightenment and the Origins of European Australia (Cambridge, 2002). Shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premier's History Prize.

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