Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent

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Avan Judd Stallard

Year 2016
Pages 330
Publisher Monash University Publishing
Language en
ISBN 9781925377323
File Size 64.52 MB
File Format PDF
Download Counter 493
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Included here is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery. When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis, said to be as large, rich, and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages-voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas-in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free of the shackles of superstition? That Terra Australis did not exist did not stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent -an imaginary land-became one of the shaping forces of early modern history. ***"This is an informative and entertaining mixture of geography, history and epistemology, at once academically rigorous and approachable. It is also about the history of ideas and how ideas interact with reality. It is lavishly illustrated with numerous wonderful and obscure maps, and will appeal to readers with an interest in geography and old maps, as much as those fascinated by the history of exploration and the great journeys of discovery. This book is a visual and intellectual feast."--Dave Martus, Books+Publishing, July 2016 *** "In this book about the antipodes, Stallard spends a great deal of time discussing maps, yet it is much more than geography....Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, researchers." --Choice, Vol. 54, No. 8, April 2017 *** "A short review like this cannot do full justice to the wealth of converage in Avan Stallard's book. It has set standard for any further examinations of the subject. If Alice in Wonderland identified the outstanding things in books as 'pictures and conversations', this book has them both embedded in its material accounting and its critical commentary. Go: look at the maps and listen to them." --Henry J. Steward, The Portolan, Fall 2017 (Series: Australian History) [Subject: History, Australian Studies, Historical Geography, Historical Cartography] QR Code Online