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Science, Empire and the European Exploration of the Pacific

Series: The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500-1900 Volume: 6

Edited By: Tony Ballantyne

367 pages, b&w illus


Hardback | Oct 2004 | #165434 | ISBN: 0754635627
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This collection of essays assesses the interrelationship between exploration, empire-building and science in the opening of the Pacific Ocean by Europeans between the early 16th and mid-19th century.


Introduction: Knowledge, exploration and empire in the Pacific, Tony Ballantyne; Visions of the Pacific: 'South Sea' to 'Pacific Ocean', O.H.K Spate; Mercator's Southern Continent: its origins, influence and gradual demise, W.A.R. Richardson; Shared Vision: Herman Moil and his circle and the Great South Sea, Dennis Reinhartz. The Imperial Sciences of Exploration: Finding the way home: Spanish exploration of the round-trip route across the Pacific Ocean, Harry Kelsey; 18th-century science and the voyages of discovery, J.C. Beaglehole; A Royal Society appointment with Venus in 1769: the voyage of Cook and Banks in the Endeavour, 1768-71, and its botanical results, William T. Stearn; The ship as a scientific instrument in the 18th century, Richard Sorrenson; Banks, Bligh and breadfruit, David Mackay; Scientific books and instruments for an 18th-century voyage around the world: Antonio Pineda and the Malaspina expedition, Barbara B. Beddall; Of fish and men: Spanish marine science during the late 18th century, Iris H. Wilson Engstrand; The search for a sea passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific via North America's Coast: on the history of a scientific competition, Alexei V. Postnikov. Cultural Contact, Comparison and Classification: (En)-countering knowledge traditions: the story of Cook and Tupaia, David Turnbull; Le President de Terres Australes': Charles de Brosses and the French enlightenment beginnings of oceanic anthropology, Tom Ryan; Seamen and philosophers in the South Seas in the Age of Captain Cook, Glyndwr Williams; The force of ethnology: origins and significance of the Melanesia/Polynesia division, Nicholas Thomas; The oriental renaissance in the Pacific: orientalism, language and ethnogenesis in the British Pacific, Tony Ballantyne; Minute particulars and the representation of South Pacific discovery, Jonathan Lamb; Index.

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