Shortlist year: 
2015
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Cambridge University Press

About the book

book cover image: Encountering the Pacific: In the Age of Enlightenment by (Scientia Professor) John Gascoigne FAHA.

This book surveys the consequent encounters between European expansionism and the peoples of the Pacific.

John Gascoigne weaves together the stories of British, French, Spanish, Dutch and Russian voyages to destinations throughout the Pacific region. In a lively and lucid style, he brings to life the idealism, adventures and frustrations of a colourful cast of historical figures.

Drawing upon a range of fields, he explores the complexities of the relationships between European and Pacific peoples.