256 pages, 25 illus
This fascinating and informative account offers a new understanding of Captain Cook's voyages and how they affected Europe's world view. It will engage historians, geographers, ethnographers, Cook enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in epistemology or how the world was mapped.
Longitude and Empire is cogently and quite brilliantly organized. In summarizing how Cook organized his narratives, Brian Richardson shows how our world view has been shaped by Cook's - a fascinating and well-illustrated argument. Cook and his narratives are the template for most if not all who followed, and as such, this critical assessment of Cook and the literature has importance beyond the man and his own explorations - this is an essential book for anyone interested in the general subject of Enlightenment exploration - and perhaps for all exploration that follows. - James Delgado, Director, Vancouver Maritime Museum"
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