The Resource The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade, Glyn Williams

The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade, Glyn Williams

Label
The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade
Title
The death of Captain Cook
Title remainder
a hero made and unmade
Statement of responsibility
Glyn Williams
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Captain Cook's enduring claim to fame is that he redrew the map of the world in three extraordinary voyages over the Pacific, north and south. The news that reached London in 1780 of his death on a beach in Hawaii the previous year was shocking and the details of that bloody and chaotic fracas had to be turned into something nobler as befitted a martyr hero. This new interpretation of Cook's life and death by a great historian of marine exploration argues that the circumstances and reporting of his death are the key to his reputation. For many years he enjoyed unparalleled status as 'the pride of his century' and in the white settlements in the Pacific as 'father of the nation'. By contrast first in Hawaii and then in the postcolonial world a different view emerged of a destructive invader, as much anti-hero as the reverse. His progress from obscurity to fame and then, for some, to infamy, is a story that has never been fully told. -- Publisher description
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Summary
Argues that the British Admiralty covered up details of explorer James Cook's death on a Hawaiian beach and facets of his personality in order to create a portrait of a hero
Biography type
individual biography
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299992
Cataloging source
OCoLC
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Williams, Glyn
Dewey number
910.92
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Series statement
Profiles in history.
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  • Cook, James
  • Cook, James
  • Explorers
  • Voyages around the world
  • Oceania
Target audience
adult
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a hero made and unmade
Label
The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade, Glyn Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
ix, 197 p.
Isbn
9781861978424
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) a497558
Label
The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade, Glyn Williams
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
ix, 197 p.
Isbn
9781861978424
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) a497558

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