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The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific

Paperback

Price:
$45.00 / £38.00
ISBN:
Published:
12/14/1997
Copyright:
1992
Pages:
336
Size:
6 x 9.25 in.
Illus:
14 halftones
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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.