Captain Cook

Captain Cook

Explorations and Reassessments

Edited by Glyndwr Williams


Boydell Press



Essays reassess Cook's standing as a leading figure in eighteenth-century history, exploration and the advancement of science.
In the more than two hundred years since his death, Cook's reputation has been much discussed, opinion ranging from celebration of his achievement to more subjective assessments of the long-term implications of his voyages in those countries of the Pacific which he visited.
The thirteen essays in this book, grouped in four sections, continue the debate. 'The Years in England' cover Cook's Whitby background and the part played by the Royal Society in the Pacific ventures of the period. 'The Pacific Voyages' investigates the clash between the Endeavour's crew and the Aborigines on the banks of the Endeavour River, the process by which Cook and his crews became 'Polynesianised', Cook's visit to the Hawaiian Islands, and his call at Nootka Sound, both on his final voyage.
'Captain Cook and his Contemporaries' views other European explorers in the Pacific, and concludes with an analysis of Russian attitudes towards Cook. 'The Legacy of Captain Cook' compares Cook's death on Hawaii with the later killing of a missionary on Eromanga, examines fluctuations in Cook's reputation, and describes life on board the replica of the Endeavour.
GLYNDWR WILLIAMS is Emeritus Professor of History, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London. His many books include an edition of Captain Cook's Voyages, 1768-79, from the official accounts derived from Cook's journals.


November 2004
22 black and white illustrations
280 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Regions and Regionalism in History
ISBN: 9781843831006
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

Cook's Nursery: Whitby's Eighteenth-Century Merchant Fleet - Rosalin Barker
`Remember me to my good friend Captain Walker': James Cook and the North Yorkshire Quakers - Richard C Allen
James Cook and the Royal Society - Andrew Cook
`Notwithstanding our Signs to the Contrary': Textuality and Authority at the Endeavour River, June to August 1770 - Stuart Murray
Tute: the Impact of Polynesia on Captain Cook - Anne Salmond
Some Thoughts on Native Hawaiian Attitudes Towards Captain Cook - Pauline N King
Captain Cook's Command of Knowledge and Space: Chronicles from Nootka Sound - Daniel Clayton
A Comparison of the Charts produced during the Pacific Voyages of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville and James Cook - John Robson
Successors and Rivals to Cook: the French and the Spaniards - Robin Inglis
Responses to Cook in Russia - Simon Werret
Redeeming Memory: the Martyrdoms of Captain James Cook and the Revd John Williams - Sujit Sivasundaram
`As befits our age there are no more heroes': reassessing Captain Cook - Glyndwr Williams
Retracing the Captain: `Extreme History', Hard Tack and Scurvy - Andrew Lambert


Provides important information for those interested in Cook's life. (...) A welcome addition to a history that is still being constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed. (A book) for both the Cook scholar and the general reader. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW
A very good and timely summation of current research. BULLETIN OF THE PACIFIC CIRCLE
This book succeeds admirably. HISTORY
This book has something for everyone. CAPTAIN COOK SOCIETY

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