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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 of exceptionalism 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 imperial expansion, 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 a process 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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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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Introduction Reinterpreting Exploration

Dane Kennedy

Part One Themes

Chapter 1 Science and Exploration

Michael F. Robinson

Chapter 2 A Half Century of Shifting Narrative Perspectives on Encounters

Harry Liebersohn

Chapter 3 Exploration and Enlightenment

Philip J. Stern

Chapter 4 Exploration in Print: From the Miscellany to the Newspaper

Clare Pettitt

Chapter 5 The Making of British and French Legends of Exploration

Berny Sèbe

Part Two Territories

Chapter 6 Exploration in Imperial Russia

Willard Sunderland

Chapter 7 Exploring the Pacific World

Jane Samson

Chapter 8 Decentering Exploration in East Africa

Stephen J. Rockel

Chapter 9 The Exploration of Central Asia

Gordon Stewart

Chapter 10 The Historiography of Antarctic Exploration

Stephanie Barczewski

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Kennedy, Dane
Oxford University Press, USA
Kennedy, Dane
History, World | European
World History-General
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6.1 x 9.2 x 0.8 in 0.75 lb

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