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Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact

Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521616812

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ISBN13: 978-0521616812
ISBN10: 0521616816
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2005
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Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521616812

Inga Clendinnen

ISBN13: 978-0521616812
ISBN10: 0521616816
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

In January 1788, the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales, Australia 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 these Aborigines. Inga Clendinnen interprets the earliest written sources, and the reports, letters and journals of the first British settlers in Australia. She reconstructs the difficult path to friendship and conciliation pursued by Arthur Phillip and the local leader 'Bennelong' (Baneelon) that was ultimately destroyed by the assertion of profound cultural differences. A Prize-winning archaeologist, anthropologist and historian of ancient Mexican cultures, Inga Clendinnen has spent most of her teaching career at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Australia. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan (Cambridge, 1989) and Aztecs: An Interpretation (Cambridge, 1995) are two of her best-known scholarly works; Tiger's Eye: A Memoir, (Scribner, 2001) describes her battle against liver cancer. Reading the Holocaust (Cambridge, 2002) explores World War II genocide from various perspectives.

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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