Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850

Author(s): 
Douglas, Bronwen
ISBN: 
9781137305886
Date published: 
March 2014
Hardback
Price: 
£65.00

Spanning four centuries and vast space, this book combines the history of ideas with particular histories of encounters between European voyagers and Indigenous people in Oceania (Island Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands). Douglas shows how prevailing concepts of human difference, or race, influenced travellers' approaches to encounters. Yet their presuppositions were often challenged or transformed by the appearance, conduct, and lifestyle of local inhabitants.