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The Travelers' World

Europe to the Pacific

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$33.50 • £26.95 • €30.00

ISBN 9780674027473

Publication Date: 03/31/2008


400 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

17 halftones, 2 maps


  • Acknowledgments
  • Map: The Pacific Ocean
  • Map: Europe in 1815, after the Congress of Vienna
  • Introduction
    • Travelers as Ethnographers
    • Histories
    • Dimensions of a World
  • 1. Travelers
    • Philibert Commerson
    • George Forster
    • Adelbert von Chamisso
  • 2. Patrons
    • France
    • Great Britain
    • Russia
    • Germany
  • 3. Collaborators
    • Ahutoru
    • Tupaia, Mai, Mahine
    • Elliot de Castro, Marin, Kadu
    • Ali’i and Kings
    • Kingship in Tahiti: The Pomares-Kingship in Hawaii: Kamehameha
  • 4. Philosophers
    • Diderot and the Shock of Tahiti
    • Kant and George Forster
    • Wilhelm von Humboldt on Linguistic Diversity
  • 5. Missions
    • Dumont d’Urville and the Triumph of Racial Science
    • Sex, Speech, and Prophecy in Tahiti
    • Native Missionaries, New Englanders, and Kapus in Hawaii
    • Science and Religion in Conflict
  • 6. Darwin, Melville, and the End of a World
    • Darwin and the “More Cheerful View”
    • Melville and the Casket Ships
  • Conclusion
    • Travelers as Interpreters
    • Travelers as Mediators
  • Chronology
  • Notes
  • Select Bibliography
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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