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1300 Samuel Ellis Reading List: Captain Cook's Voyages

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Captain Cook’s Voyages

Tutor: Sam Ellis

The required reading for each seminar will be taken from this list and will be provided within the VLE.

Key Text

Required: Captain James Cook, Works. Selections. 1999 The journals of Captain Cook ed. Phillip Edwards, (London: Penguin Classics, 1999).

This edition is the most readily available for purchase online (also available as an e-book.) Other editions available and appropriate for this module that can be accessed through Leeds University Library include: John Beaglehole (ed.) The Journals of Captain Cook on his Voyages of Discovery, vols.1-4 (Hakluyt Society, 1955-1974).

Recommended introductory texts: Bohls, Elizabeth and Duncan, Ian, Travel writing, 1700-1830 : an anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Langford, Paul, Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

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Primary Sources

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Travel Narratives

Anson, George, A Voyage Around the World, ed. Glyndwr Williams (London: Oxford University Press: 1974) [Electronic Resource]

Banks, Joseph, The Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks, 1768-1771, ed. J.C. Beaglehole, 2 vols. (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1962).

Bogle, George, Narrative of the Mission of George Bogle to Tibet, 1774 (London, 1876).

John Beaglehole (ed.) The Journals of Captain Cook on his Voyages of Discovery, vols.1-4 (Hakluyt Society, 1955-1974).

Burney, James, With Captain Cook in the Antarctic and Pacific, ed. Beverley Hooper, (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1975).

Dampier, William, A New Voyage Round the World, ed. Sir Albert Gray, (London: Argonaut Press, 1927)

Equiano, Olaudah, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, ed. Vincent Caretta, (New York: Penguin, 2003)

Forster, George, A Voyage Round the World, ed. Nicholas Thomas and Oliver Berghof, 2 vols (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000) [Online ECCO Resource]

Hearne, Samuel, A Journey From Prince of Wales’s Fort in Hudson Bay to the Northern Ocean, ed. J.B. Tyrell (Toronto: Champlain Society). [Electronic Resource]

Falconbridge, Anna Maria, and Parker, Mary Ann, Maiden voyages and infant colonies : two women's travel narratives of the 1790s: Two Women’s Travel Narratives of the 1790’s ed. Deirdre Coleman (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1999)

Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley, Complete Letters, ed. Robert Halsband, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965). [Alternative Electronic Resource]

Newton, John,  The journal of a slave trader (John Newton) 1750-1754 : with Newton's 'Thoughts upon the African slave trade', ed. Bernard Martin and Mark Spurrell (London: Epworth Press, 1962)

Park, Mungo, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, ed. Kate Ferguson Marsters, (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000) [Alternative Electronic Resource]

Tench, Watkin, 1788 : comprising A narrative of the expedition to Botany Bay and A complete account of the settlement at Port Jackson, ed. Tim Flannery, (Melbourne: Text Publishing Co., 1996).

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Other Primary Resources

Banks, Joseph, The Letters of Sir Joseph Banks: A Selection, 1768-1820, Ed. Neil Chambers, foreword by David Mabberley, Introduction by Harold Carter, (London: Imperial College Press, 2000).

Carretta, Vincent (ed.) Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century, (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004).

Kant, Emmanuel, ‘What is Enlightenment?’ in Kant’s Political Writings, ed. Hans Reiss (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970).

Williams, Glyndwr (ed.) Documents Relating to Anson’s Voyage round the World, 1740-1744, (London: Navy Records Society, 1967).

Students will be directed towards selected texts from Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Empire Online and the Burney Newspaper Collection.

Manuscript Maps of Captain James Cook

Cook’s Pacific Encounters: The Cook-Forster Collection

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Secondary Sources

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On Captain James Cook

Beaglehole, John C. ‘On the Character of Captain James Cook,’ The geographical journal, including the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society., 122:4 (December 1956) pp.417-429.

Dening, Greg, ‘Review of Hough, Obeyesekere, Sahlins’, William and Mary quarterly., 54:1 (January 1997) pp.253-259.

Douglas, Bronwen, ‘Voyages, Encounters, and Agency in Oceania: Captain Cookand Indigenous People,’ in History compass., 6:3 (2008) p.712-737.

Gascoigne, John, Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds (London: Hambledon Continuum, 2007)

Guest, Harriet, Empire, Barbarism and Civilisation: James Cook, William Hodges, and the Return to the Pacific, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Hansen, Dagny, ‘James Cook’s First Stop on the Northwest Coast: By Chance or by Chart?Pacific Historical Review, 62:4 (November, 1993) pp.475-484.

Herdendorf, Charles E., ‘Captain James Cook and the Transits of Mercury and Venus,’ The journal of Pacific history., 21:1 (January, 1986) pp.39-55.

Joppien, Rüdiger; Smith, Bernard, The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages,  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985).

Kaeppler, Adrienne L., ‘Polynesian Music, Captain Cook, and the Romantic Movement,’ Music educators journal., 65:3 (November 1978) pp.54-60.

Mackay, David, In the wake of Cook: Exploration, science & empire, 1780–1801 (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1985).

Mitchell, Charles, ‘Zoffany’s Death of Captain Cook,’ The Burlington magazine for connoisseurs, 84:492 (March 1944) pp56-63.

Obeyesekere, Gananath The apotheosis of Captain Cook: European mythmaking in the Pacific (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992).

O’Sullivan, Dan, In search of Captain Cook : exploring the man through his own words (London: I. B. Tauris, 2008).

Richardson, Brian W. Longitude and empire : how Captain Cook's voyages changed the world (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005).

Rose, Holland J. ‘Captain Cook and the Founding of British Power in the Pacific,The geographical journal, including the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society., 73:2 (February, 1929) pp.102-109.

Sahlins, Marshall, How "natives" think [electronic resource] : about Captain Cook, for example (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1995).

Salmond, Anne, The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Encounters in the South Seas (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).

Stoddart, David, ‘Captain Cook and How We Understand Him,’ Geographical Review., 87:4 (October 1997) pp.537.541.

Thomas, Nicholas, Cook : the extraordinary voyages of Captain James Cook (New York: Walker & Company, 2003).

Williams, Glyndwr, ed., Captain Cook : explorations and reassessments (Woodbridge: Boydell Press 2004).

Woolley, Richard, ‘Captain Cook and the Transit of Venus of 1769,’ Notes and records of the Royal Society of London., 24:1 (June, 1969) pp.19-32.

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On Eighteenth-Century Britain & Global Exploration

Ballantyne, Tony (Ed.) Science, Empire and the European Exploration of the Pacific, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).

Black, Jeremy, Eighteenth-Century Britain, 1688-1783, 2nd Edn. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Trevor Burnard, “The Atlantic Slave Trade,” in The Routledge History of Slavery, eds. Gad Heuman and Trevor Burnard (Routledge, 2010), pp.80-97.

Calder, Alex, Lamb, Jonathan & Orr, Bridget, Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769-1840. (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999).

Cannadine, David, ed., Empire, the sea and global history: Britain's maritime world, c. 1760-1840 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Colley, Linda, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 (London: Yale University Press, 1992). [Electronic Resource]

Gascoigne, John, Science in the service of empire : Joseph Banks, the British State and the uses of science in the age of revolution (2000).

Gregory, Jeremy, The Longman Companion to Britain in the Eighteenth Century, 1688-1820, (Harlow: Longman, 2000).

Langford, Paul, The Eighteenth Century: 1688-1815, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Lincoln, Margarette, ed., Science and exploration in the Pacific: European voyages to the southern oceans in the eighteenth century (Woodbridge, Suffolk; Boydell Press, 1999).

Mapp, Paul, The elusive West and the contest for empire, 1713-1763, (Chapel Hill, North Carolina University Press, 2011).

Marshall, Peter James, ‘A Free though Conquering People:’ Eighteenth-Century Britain and its Empire, (Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum, 2003).

Morgan, Kenneth, Slavery and the British Empire: From Africa to America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Moriss, R., The foundations of British maritime ascendancy : resources, logistics and the State, 1755-1815 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Rice, Tony, Voyages of discovery : three centuries of natural history exploration (London: Natural History Museum, 2002).

Rothschild, Emma, The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History,(Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2011).

Sampson, Jane, British Imperial Strategies in the Pacific, 1750-1900, (Aldershot: Asshgate Variorum, 2003).

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On Eighteenth-Century Travel Writing

Adams, Percy Travel Literature and the Evolution of the Novel (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1983)

Blanton, Casey Travel writing : the self and the world (London and New York: Routledge, 2002)

Bohls, Elizabeth and Duncan, Ian, Travel writing, 1700-1830 : an anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Bohls, Elizabeth, ‘Aesthetics and Orientalism in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s letters,Studies in eighteenth-century culture., 24, (1994) pp.179-205.

Clark, S.H. Travel Writing and Empire: Postcolonial Theory in Transit (London and New York, Zed Books, 1999).

Duncan, S.H. Writes of Passage: Reading Travel Writing (London: Routledge, 1999).

Feather, John, 'The power of print: word and image in eighteenth-century England', in Jeremy Black, ed., Culture and Society in Britain, 1660-1800 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997), pp. 51-68.

Kaul, Suvir, Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009).

Korte, Barbara, English travel writing: from pilgrimages to postcolonial explorations (2000).

Hooper, Glenn, Perspectives on travel writing (Aldershot: Ashgate 2004)

Hulme, Peter, Youngs, Tim, The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (2002).

MacLaren, I.S., ‘Explorers’ and Travelers’ Narratives: A Peregrination through Different Editions,’ in History in Africa : a journal of method., 30, (2003) pp.213-222.

Pratt, M. L., Imperial eyes : travel writing and transculturation, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 1992).

Rivers, Isabel, Books and Their Readers in Eighteenth-Century England: New Essays, (London: Continuum, 2001).

Sambrook, James, The Eighteenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1700-1789, 2nd Ed. (London: Longman, 1993).

Schwartz , S. B., ‘Introduction’, in Implicit understandings : observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, ed. by S. B. Schwartz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 1-19.

Shevelow, K., Women and print culture : the construction of femininity in the early periodical (London: Routledge, 1989)

Thompson, Carl (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing, (Abington: Routledge, 2016).

Turner, Cheryl, Living by the Pen: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century, (London: Routledge, 1992).

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On Historical Theory

Aravamudan, Srinivas, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Ashcroft, Bill, Griffiths, Gareth, Tiffen, Helen, (eds), The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (London: Routledge, 2006)

Ballantyne, Tony, Orientalism and Race: Aryanism in the British Empire, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Barker, Hannah & Chalus, Elaine (eds.) Gender in Eighteenth-Century England: Roles, Representations and Responsibilities, (Harlow: Longman, 1997).

Bush, Barbara, Imperialism and postcolonialism (Harlow, England; New York, N.Y.: Pearson Longman, 2006)

Carey, Daniel & Festa, Lynn, Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-century colonialism and postcolonial theory, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Coutu, Joan Michele, Persuasion and Propaganda: Monuments and the Eighteenth-Century British Empire, (Montreal, McGill University Press, 2006).

Eger, Elizabeth, Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Gandhi, Leela, Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998)

Gilroy, Amanda (ed.) Romantic Geographies: Discourses of Travel, 1775-1844, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000).

Herda, Phyllis, ‘Gender, Rank and Power in 18th Century Tonga: The Case of Tupoumoheof’o’ The journal of Pacific history., 22:4 (October 1987) pp.195-208.

Knott, Sarah & Taylor, Barbara, Women, Gender and Enlightenment, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Lewis, Reina, Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity, and Representation, (London: Routledge, 1996).

Moore-Gilbert, Bart, Postcolonial Theory: contexts, practices, politics (London: Verso, 1997)

O’Brien, Karen, Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Samson, Jane, Race and Empire (Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2005).

Stinchcombe, Arthur, Sugar Island Slavery in the Age of Enlightenment: The Political Economy of the Caribbean World, (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1995).

Wheeler, Roxann, The Complexion of Race: Categories of difference in Eighteenth-Century British Culture, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000).

Wilson, Kathleen, The Island Race: Englishness, Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century, (London: Routledge, 2003).

Woodard, Helen, African-British Writings in the Eighteenth Century: The Politics of Race and Reason, (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1999).

Kennedy, Dane, ‘Imperial History and Postcolonial Theory’, The journal of imperial and commonwealth history. 24 (1996), 345-363. Reprinted in The new imperial histories reader, ed. by Stephen Howe (London: Routledge, 2010)

Loomba, Ania, Colonialism-Postcolonialism (London; New York: Routledge, 1998)

Mackenzie, John, Orientalism: History, Theory, and the Arts (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995)

O’Reilly, William, ‘Orientalist Reflections: Asia and the Pacific in the Making of Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland,’ New Zealand of Asian Studies, 6:2 (December 2004) pp.127-147. - Available online:

Said, Edward, Orientalism (London: Penguin, 2003).

Scott, Joan Wallach, Feminism and history (Oxford; New York: Oxford university press, 1996)

Scott, Joan Wallach, ‘Gender: Still a Useful Category of Historical Analysis?’ Diogenes, 57:1 (February, 2007) pp.7-14.

Tosh, John, ‘What Should Historians do with Masculinity? ', History workshop. 38 (1994), 179-202; JSTOR

Bennett, Judith, ‘Feminism and history’, Gender & history. 1 (1989), 251–272; DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0424.1989.tb00256.x

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On Historical Method

Cook, Alexander, ‘Sailing on “The Ship”: Re-enactment and the Quest for Popular History’ in History workshop journal., 57. (Spring 2004) pp.247-255.

Coulter, John Wesley, ‘Great Britain in Hawaii: The Captain Cook Monument,’ The geographical journal, including the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society., 130:2 (June 1964) pp.256-261.

Claus, Peter, and John Marriott,  History : an introduction to theory, method and practice (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2012) Chapter 18

De Bolla, Peter, The Education of the Eye: Painting, Landscape and Architecture in Eighteenth-Century Britain, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003).

Elton, G. R., The practice of history (London: Methuen, 1967) Section 2

Geographical Review, ‘The Cook Memorial at Point Venus, Tahiti,’ The geographical journal, including the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society., 89:1 (January 1937) pp.54-58.

Hamilton, Claud, ‘Two Early Monuments to Captain Cook,’ The geographical journal, including the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society., 57:1 (January 1921) pp.34-36.

Harley, J. B. The New Nature of Maps (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001)

Hooper, Steven, ‘Making a Killing? Of Sticks and Stones and James Cook’s Bones,’ Anthropology today., 19:3 (June 2003) pp.6-8.

Marwick, Arthur, The new nature of history : knowledge, evidence, language (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001) Chapter 5

Thompson, James, The East: imagined, experienced, remembered: Orientalist Nineteenth Century Painting (Dublin: National Gallery of Ireland, 1988).

Tosh, John, The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History(Harlow : Longman, 2010) Chapter 4.

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