PUB: Expedition into Empire—new edited collection from Routledge

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Expedition into EmpireExploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World

Edited by Martin Thomas

This edited collection, recently published by Routledge, analyses the expedition as a cultural form. While trans-national in scope, a number of chapters specifically relate to the history of Australia and the Pacific. The book developed from a conference at ANU titled 'What is an Expedition?'  See Please feel free to contact the editor on for a PDF giving short abstracts of all chapters. A further volume, examining the links between expeditions and the development of anthropology, is presently under development.

Blurb from the publisher's website:

Expeditionary journeys have shaped our world, but the expedition as a cultural form is rarely scrutinized. This book is the first major investigation of the conventions and social practices embedded in team-based exploration. In probing the politics of expedition making, this volume is itself a pioneering journey through the cultures of empire. With contributions from established and emerging scholars, Expedition into Empire plots the rise and transformation of expeditionary journeys from the eighteenth century until the present. Conceived as a series of spotlights on imperial travel and colonial expansion, it roves widely: from the metropolitan centers to the ends of the earth. This collection is both rigorous and accessible, containing lively case studies from writers long immersed in exploration, travel literature, and the dynamics of cross-cultural encounter.

Table of contents

1. What Is an Expedition?: An Introduction Martin Thomas 2. What Is an Explorer? Adriana Craciun 3. Settler Colonial Expeditions Lorenzo Veracini 4. The Expedition as a Cultural Form: On the Structure of Exploratory Journeys as Revealed by the Australian Explorations of Ludwig Leichhardt Martin Thomas 5. The Theatre of Contact: Aborigines and Exploring Expeditions Philip Jones 6. Expeditions, Encounters, and the Praxis of Seaborne Ethnography: The French Voyages of La Pérouse and Freycinet Bronwen Douglas 7. Armchair Expeditionaries: Voyages into the French Musée de la Marine, 1828–78 Ralph Kingston 8. On Slippery Ice: Discovery, Imperium, and the Austro-Hungarian North Polar Expedition (1872-4) Stephen A. Walsh 9. A Polar Drama: The Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911–14 Tom Griffiths 10. The 1928 MacRobertson Round Australia Expedition: Colonial Adventuring in the Twentieth Century Georgine Clarsen 11. The Expedition’s Afterlives: Echoes of Empire in Travel to Asia Agnieszka Sobocinska