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The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade

Author: Glyndwr Williams
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
Series: Profiles in history (Cambridge, Mass.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Captain Cook's enduring claim to fame is that in three extraordinary voyages to the Pacific he redrew the map of the world. The news that reached London in 1780 of his death on a beach in Hawai'i the previous year was shocking, and the details of that bloody and chaotic fracas had to be turned into something nobler as befitted a martyr-hero." "This new interpretation of Cook's life and death argues that the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James Cook; James Cook; James Cook; James Cook
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Glyndwr Williams
ISBN: 9780674031944 0674031946
OCLC Number: 213133318
Description: 197 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: A distant death --
An enlightenment hero --
Cook in the colonial age --
Cook in a postcolonial world.
Series Title: Profiles in history (Cambridge, Mass.)
Responsibility: Glyn Williams.
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"Captain Cook's enduring claim to fame is that in three extraordinary voyages to the Pacific he redrew the map of the world. The news that reached London in 1780 of his death on a beach in Hawai'i the previous year was shocking, and the details of that bloody and chaotic fracas had to be turned into something nobler as befitted a martyr-hero." "This new interpretation of Cook's life and death argues that the circumstances and reporting of his death are the key to his reputation. For many years this seaman of humble origins enjoyed unparalleled status as 'the pride of his century', and in the white settlement colonies in the Pacific he became 'father of the nation'. By contrast, first in Hawai'i and then in the postcolonial world, a different view emerged of a destructive invader, more anti-hero than hero. Captain Cook's progress from obscurity to fame and then, for some, to infamy, is a story that has never been fully told."--BOOK JACKET.

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