288 pages, 22 b/w illus
In the more than two hundred years since his death, Cook's reputation has been much discussed, opinion ranging from celebration of his achievement to more subjective assessments of the long-term implications of his voyages in those countries of the Pacific which he visited. The thirteen essays in this book, grouped in four sections, continue the debate. 'The Years in England' cover Cook's Whitby background and the part played by the Royal Society in the Pacific ventures of the period. 'The Pacific Voyages' investigates the clash between the Endeavour's crew and the Aborigines on the banks of the Endeavour River, the process by which Cook and his crews became 'Polynesianised', Cook's visit to the Hawaiian Islands, and his call at Nootka Sound, both on his final voyage. 'Captain Cook and his Contemporaries' views other European explorers in the Pacific, and concludes with an analysis of Russian attitudes towards Cook. 'The Legacy of Captain Cook' compares Cook's death on Hawaii with the later killing of a missionary on Eromanga, examines fluctuations in Cook's reputation, and describes life on board the replica of the Endeavour.
Provides important information for those interested in Cook's life. (...) A welcome addition to a history that is still being constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed. (A book) for both the Cook scholar and the general reader. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEWA very good and timely summation of current research. BULLETIN OF THE PACIFIC CIRCLE This book succeeds admirably. HISTORY This book has something for everyone. CAPTAIN COOK SOCIETY
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