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Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850 (Palgrave Studies in Pacific History) Hardcover – 15 Mar 2014


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'Bronwen Douglas has produced a volume rich in images and accounts about a crucial period of European expansion into the Pacific Ocean. Her emphasis on 'race' as a European metropolitan as well as a Pacific concept adds to our understanding of the developing histories about Pacific worlds. Douglas' book figures as an important read not only for Pacific experts but needs to be placed alongside similar historical developments in the Atlantic and the Indian oceans.' - Rainer F. Buschmann, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, USA; International Journal of Maritime History

'This book is an outstanding achievement in terms of theoretical innovation and mastery of a wealth of historical detail.' - Paul Turnbull, University of Tasmania, Australia; The Journal of Pacific History

'Bronwen Douglas' book is a well-researched and considered examination of the history and language of race that continues her previous work regarding encounters, Oceania, science and race. ... It is an impressive piece of research and analysis.' - Amanda Lourie, Deakin University, Australia; Journal of Australian Studies

'...this book is an important contribution to our understanding of the history of racial thought in Oceania and the nature of encounters between European explorers and the region's inhabitants.' - Tristan Mostert, Leiden University, The Netherlands, Itinerario

'This study is [...] crucial to an understanding not only of mobility and the concept of race but also the history and contemporary politics of Oceania.' - Nicole Starbuck, University of Adelaide, Australia, Transfers

About the Author

Bronwen Douglas was Senior Fellow at The Australian National University for 16 years and is an adjunct fellow in retirement. An historian of the interplay of ideas of human difference or race and practical encounters in Oceania, she is author of Across the Great Divide (1998) and co-editor with Chris Ballard of Foreign Bodies: Oceania and the Science of Race 1750-1940 (2008).

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