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Dancing with Strangers
Europeans and Australians at First Contact


  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616812

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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. This 2005 book offers a 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 traces the painful destruction of that hard-won friendship. A distinguished and award-winning historian of the Spanish encounters with Aztec and Maya indians of sixteenth-century America, Clendinnen's analysis of early cultural interactions in Australia touches broader themes of recent historical debates: the perception of the Other, the meanings of culture, and the nature of colonialism and imperialism.

    • Narrative and easily accessible history of what happened between the first British settlers of New South Wales and the people they found living there
    • Small episode explores broader questions relating to culture, values, and historical knowledge
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616812
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Inga Clendinnen
    Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus Scholar in History at La Trobe University. She is also the author of Aztecs (Cambridge, 1991), Reading the Holocaust (Cambridge, 1999), and Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in the Yucatan, 1517-1570 (2nd edition 2003, Cambridge).

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