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William Dampier And James Cook: Two Windows Into The British Enlightened Exploration Of The Cultures And Societies Of The Pacific

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William Dampier And James Cook: Two Windows Into The British Enlightened Exploration Of The Cultures And Societies Of The Pacific

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Title: William Dampier And James Cook: Two Windows Into The British Enlightened Exploration Of The Cultures And Societies Of The Pacific
Author: Smith, Colby Ty
Abstract: This study looks into the lives of two well-known British explorers and their own observations and interpretations of the Pacific societies and cultures that they encountered on their voyages. More specifically the study has attempted to reveal the similarities and divergences between these two British explorers and their respective interpretations of Pacific natives. Furthermore, the backdrop of Enlightenment thought is used to elucidate a better understanding of the encounters of the two very different societies of Western Europe and the Pacific world during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Finally, this study is important in that it sheds light on the relevance of better understanding attitudes and assumptions held by European explorers during this era; this is especially significant considering the contemporary disdain of European imperialism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/9576
Date: 2012-04-11

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