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The Resource The travelers' world : Europe to the Pacific, Harry Liebersohn, (electronic resource)

The travelers' world : Europe to the Pacific, Harry Liebersohn, (electronic resource)

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The travelers' world : Europe to the Pacific
Title
The travelers' world
Title remainder
Europe to the Pacific
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Harry Liebersohn
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Language
eng
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Liebersohn, Harry
LC call number
DU20
LC item number
.L54 2006eb
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ebrary, Inc
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  • Travelers
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Europeans
  • Travelers' writings, European
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • Europe
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  • In a beautifully crafted narrative that transports the reader from the salons of Europe to the shores of Tahiti, Harry Liebersohn examines the transformation of global knowledge during the great age of scientific exploration. He moves beyond the traditional focus on British and French travelers to include Germans, Russians, and some Americans, as well as the Tahitian, Hawaiian, and other Pacific islanders they encountered. Germany gets special attention because its travelers epitomized the era&s cosmopolitanism and its philosophers engaged most fully in a multicultural understanding of humanity. Famous adventurers like Captain Cook make appearances, but it&s the observations of such naturalists as Philibert Commerson, George Forster, and Adelbert von Chamisso that helped most to generate a new understanding of these far-flung societies. These European travelers saw non-Europeans neither as “savages” nor as projections of colonial fantasies. Instead the explorers accumulated a rich storehouse of perceptions through negotiations with patrons at home, collaborators abroad, salon philosophers, and missionary rivals. Liebersohn illuminates the transformative nature of human connections. He examines the expectations these servants of empire brought to the peoples they encountered, and acknowledges the effects of Oceanian behaviors, including unexpected notions of sexuality, on the Europeans. Equally important, he details the reception of these travelers upon their return home. An unforgettable voyage filled with delightful characters, dramatic encounters, and rich cultural details, The Travelers& World heralds a moment of intellectual preparation for the modern global era. We now travel effortlessly to distant places, but the questions about perception, truth, and knowledge that these intercontinental mediators faced still resonate
  • In a beautifully crafted narrative that transports the reader from the salons of Europe to the shores of Tahiti, Harry Liebersohn examines the transformation of global knowledge during the great age of scientific exploration. He moves beyond the traditional focus on British and French travelers to include Germans, Russians, and some Americans, as well as the Tahitian, Hawaiian, and other Pacific islanders they encountered. Germany gets special attention because its travelers epitomized the era&s cosmopolitanism and its philosophers engaged most fully in a multicultural understanding of humanity. Famous adventurers like Captain Cook make appearances, but it&s the observations of such naturalists as Philibert Commerson, George Forster, and Adelbert von Chamisso that helped most to generate a new understanding of these far-flung societies. These European travelers saw non-Europeans neither as “savages” nor as projections of colonial fantasies. Instead the explorers accumulated a rich storehouse of perceptions through negotiations with patrons at home, collaborators abroad, salon philosophers, and missionary rivals. Liebersohn illuminates the transformative nature of human connections. He examines the expectations these servants of empire brought to the peoples they encountered, and acknowledges the effects of Oceanian behaviors, including unexpected notions of sexuality, on the Europeans. Equally important, he details the reception of these travelers upon their return home. An unforgettable voyage filled with delightful characters, dramatic encounters, and rich cultural details, The Travelers& World heralds a moment of intellectual preparation for the modern global era. We now travel effortlessly to distant places, but the questions about perception, truth, and knowledge that these intercontinental mediators faced still resonate
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The travelers' world : Europe to the Pacific, Harry Liebersohn, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-368) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000261897
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unknown
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9780674027473
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remote
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(WaSeSS)bookssj0000261897
Label
The travelers' world : Europe to the Pacific, Harry Liebersohn, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-368) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000261897
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780674027473
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000261897

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