Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World

Paperback | January 16, 2014

EditorDane Kennedy

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Exploration was a central and perhaps defining aspect of the West's encounters with other peoples and lands. Rather than reproduce celebratory narratives of individual heroism and national glory, this volume focuses on exploration's instrumental role in shaping a European sense ofexceptionalism and its iconic importance in defining the terms of cultural engagement with other peoples. In chapters offering broad geographic range, the contributors address many of the key themes of recent research on exploration, including exploration's contribution to European imperialexpansion, Western scientific knowledge, Enlightenment ideas and practices, and metropolitan print culture. They reassess indigenous peoples' responses upon first contacts with European explorers, their involvement as intermediaries in the operations of expeditions, and the complications that their prior knowledge posed for European claims of discovery. Underscoring that exploration must be seen as aprocess of mediation between representation and reality, this book provides a fresh and accessible introduction to the ongoing reinterpretation of exploration's role in the making of the modern world.

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Exploration was a central and perhaps defining aspect of the West's encounters with other peoples and lands. Rather than reproduce celebratory narratives of individual heroism and national glory, this volume focuses on exploration's instrumental role in shaping a European sense ofexceptionalism and its iconic importance in defining the...

Dane Kennedy is the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199755337

ISBN - 13:9780199755332

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ContributorsDale Kennedy: Introduction Reinterpreting ExplorationPart One: Themes1. Michael F. Robinson: Science and Exploration2. Harry Liebersohn: A Half Century of Shifting Narrative Perspectives on Encounters3. Philip J. Stern: Exploration and Enlightenment4. Clare Pettitt: Exploration in Print: From the Miscellany to the Newspaper5. Berny Sobe: The Making of British and French Legends of ExplorationPart Two: Territories6. Willard Sunderland: Exploration in Imperial Russia7. Jane Samson: Exploring the Pacific World8. Stephen J. Rockel: Decentering Exploration in East Africa9. Gordon Stewart: The Exploration of Central Asia10. Stephanie Barczewski: The Historiography of Antarctic Exploration