Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact

Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact

by Inga Clendinnen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521851378

ISBN-13: 9780521851374

Pub. Date: 06/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"In January 1788 the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales and a thousand British men and women encountered the people who would be their new neighbors. Dancing with Strangers tells the story of what happened between the first British settlers of Australia and the people they found living there. Inga Clendinnen offers a fresh reading of the earliest written sources,…  See more details below

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"In January 1788 the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales and a thousand British men and women encountered the people who would be their new neighbors. Dancing with Strangers tells the story of what happened between the first British settlers of Australia and the people they found living there. Inga Clendinnen offers a fresh reading of the earliest written sources, the reports, letters, and journals of the first British settlers in Australia. It reconstructs the difficult path to friendship and conciliation pursued by Arthur Phillip and the local leader 'Bennelong' (Baneelon); and then it traces the painful destruction of that hard-won friendship as profound cultural differences asserted themselves." A distinguished and award-winning historian of the Spanish encounters with Aztec and Maya Indians of sixteenth-century America, Clendinnen's analysis of the early cultural interactions in Australia touched broader themes of recent historical debate: the perception of others, the meanings of culture, and the nature of colonialism and imperialism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521851374
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Dancing with strangers; 3. Meeting the informants; 4. Governor Arthur Phillip; 5. Captain John Hunter; 6. Surgeon-General John White; 7. Judge-Advocate David Collins; 8. Watkin Tench, Captain-Lieutenant of Marines; 9. Settling in; 10. What the Australians saw; 11. Arabanoo; 12. Enter Baneelon; 13. Spearing the Governor; 14. 'Coming In'; 15. House guests; 16. British sexual politics; 17. Australian sexual politics; 18. Boat trip to Rose Hill; 19. Headhunt; 20. On disciple; 21. Potato thieves; 22. Expedition; 23. Crime and punishment: Boladeree; 24. Barangaroo; 25. Tench goes home; 26. Phillip goes home; 27. Collins goes home; 28. Collins reconsiders; 29. Baneelon returned; 30. Bungaree; 31. Enter Mrs Charles Meredith; 32. Epilogue.

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