Apotheosis of Captain Cook by Gananath Obeyesekere
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Apotheosis of Captain Cook
By Gananath Obeyesekere

The Apotheosis of Captain Cook

European Mythmaking in the Pacific

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Apotheosis of Captain Cook by Gananath Obeyesekere

Book Awards

  • Winner of AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: History 1993.

Book Description

Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages. Using shipboard journals and logs kept by Captain James Cook and his officers, Obeyesekere reveals the captain as both the self-conscious civilizer and as the person who, his mission gone awry, becomes a "savage" himself. In this new edition of The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, the author addresses, in a lengthy afterword, Marshall Sahlins's 1994 book, How "Natives" Think, which was a direct response to this work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691057521
ISBN-10: 0691057524
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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