Empire, Barbarism, and Civilisation: Captain Cook, William Hodges and the Return to the Pacific by Harriet GuestEmpire, Barbarism, and Civilisation: Captain Cook, William Hodges and the Return to the Pacific by Harriet Guest

Empire, Barbarism, and Civilisation: Captain Cook, William Hodges and the Return to the Pacific

byHarriet Guest

Hardcover | February 4, 2008

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The artist William Hodges accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage to the South Pacific in 1772-5. His extraordinarily vivid images, read against the fascinating journals of Cook and his companions, reveal as much about European cultures and historiography as about the peoples they visited. In this lively and original book, Harriet Guest discusses Hodges's dramatic landscapes and portraits alongside written accounts of the voyages and in the context of the theories of civilisation which shaped European perceptions - theories drawn from the works of philosophers of the Scottish enlightenment such as Adam Smith and John Millar. She argues that the voyagers resorted to diverse or incompatible models of progress in successive encounters with different groups of islanders, and shows how these models also structured metropolitan views of the voyagers and of Hodges's work. This fully illustrated study offers a fresh perspective on eighteenth-century representations of gender, colonialism and exploration.
Harriet Guest is Professor of English in the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York.
Title:Empire, Barbarism, and Civilisation: Captain Cook, William Hodges and the Return to the PacificFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.71 inPublished:February 4, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521881943

ISBN - 13:9780521881944

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The great distinction; 2. Curiosity and desire; 3. Curiously marked; 4. Terms of trade in Tonga and Vanuatu; 5. New Zealand colonial romance; 6. Ornament and use in London; Epilogue: the effects of peace and the consequences of war in 1794-5; Bibliography.

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'Guest deftly brings together the often rapidly-changing political background of the late eighteenth century with developments in art, literature and philosophy, exploring their complex interplay. ... the Epilogue shows Guest at her finest.' Vanessa Collingridge, University of Glasgow