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The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade

Auteur : Glyndwr Williams
Éditeur : Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
Collection : Profiles in history (Cambridge, Mass.)
Édition/format :   Livre imprimé : Biography : EnglishVoir toutes les éditions et tous les 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  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme : Biography
Personne nommée : James Cook; James Cook; James Cook; James Cook
Type d’ouvrage : Biography, Ressource Internet
Format : Book, Internet Resource
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs : Glyndwr Williams
ISBN : 9780674031944 0674031946
Numéro OCLC : 213133318
Description : 197 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Contenu : A distant death --
An enlightenment hero --
Cook in the colonial age --
Cook in a postcolonial world.
Titre de collection : Profiles in history (Cambridge, Mass.)
Responsabilité : 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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