Mr Bligh's Bad Language

Passion, Power and Theatre on the Bounty
Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521467186
Category: History
Page: 460
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An acclaimed and intriguing new interpretation of the mutiny on the Bounty.

Mr Bligh's Bad Language

Passion, Power and Theater on H. M. Armed Vessel Bounty
Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521383707
Category: History
Page: 445
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William Bligh was one of the least physically violent disciplinarians in the British Navy, why, then, did he have a mutiny? Mr Bligh's Bad Language is a study of the mutiny on the Bounty, and its role in society and culture. Greg Dening draws on a wide range of influences, including modern cinematic portrayals.

Beach Crossings

Voyaging Across Times, Cultures, and Self
Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 376
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Distinguished historian / anthropologist Greg Dening here revisits the island beaches of Oceania in an extended essay on first encounters and the peoples they brought together. An imaginative exploration of the symbolic strip where ocean meets island, Dening's meditation reflects upon the bloody history of the Marquesas in the South Pacific: its inhabitants and its combatants, the author's own time spent there and in study of his subject. This is a book to treasure and to reflect upon. First encounters are usually written about as the history of explorers and the anthropology of "others." It is Greg Dening's project to produce a history and anthropology of both, "on the beach," where so many of these exchanges between peoples began. Dening imaginatively reconstructs the first interactions among explorers, missionaries, and natives--mostly in the Marquesas, the primary focus of his scholarly work. He examines fictional accounts of these encounters as well as the written record, revisiting the experiences of Captain Bligh and Gauguin, Melville's seafarers as well as some famous castaways. Each featured beach crossing is prefaced with an introduction placing the encounter in its historical context. Beach Crossings is for Greg Dening a summary work, the apex of a fifty-year career that has taken him across many beaches and oceans. The author of the seminal volume Mr. Bligh's Bad Language, Dening writes here an intensely personal, compelling reflection upon his crossings, his subjects'--and ours.

The Death of William Gooch

A History's Anthropology
Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: Melbourne University Publish
ISBN: 9780522846928
Category: History
Page: 191
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A penetratating study of the young astronomer on board the Daedalus.


Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226142975
Category: History
Page: 296
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With elegance and candor, Greg Dening offers a panoramic collection of rich and densely textured essays that demonstrate how we can only understand our present through our consciousness of the past and how in thinking about the past we mirror the time and place of our own living. For Dening, history saturates every moment of our cultural and personal existence. Yet he is keenly aware that the actual past remains fundamentally irreplicable. All histories are culturally crafted artifacts, commensurate with folk tales, stage plays, or films. Whether derived from logbooks and letters, or displayed on music hall stages and Hollywood back lots, history is in essence our making sense of what has and continues to happen, creating for us a sense of our cultural and individual selves. Through juxtapositions of actual events and creative reenactments of them—such as the mutiny on the Bounty in 1787 and the various Hollywood films that depict that event—Dening calls attention to the provocative moment of theatricality in history making where histories, cultures, and selves converge. Moving adeptly across varied terrains, from the frontiers of North America to the islands of the South Pacific, Dening marshals a striking array of diverse, often recalcitrant, sources to examine the tangled histories of cross-cultural clash and engagement. Refusing to portray conquest, colonization, and hegemony simply as abstract processes, Dening, in his own culturally reflexive performance, painstakingly evokes the flesh and form of past actors, both celebrated and unsung, whose foregone lives have become our history.

Admiral Satan

The Life and Campaigns of Suffren, Scourge of the Royal Navy
Author: Roderick Cavaliero
Publisher: I B Tauris & Company Limited
Category: History
Page: 312
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Nelson admired him. Marie-Antoinette counted him among France's national heroes. The exiled Napoleon sighed for what might have been had his own navy been commanded by someone of like calibre. His lascar sailors feared him as much as they admired him, and nicknamed him 'Admiral Satan'. In an age of remarkable characters, Pierre-Andre de Suffren Saint Tropez, the Bailli de Suffren, was one of the most remarkable: eccentric, irascible, slovenly, gluttonous, possessed of furious energy and lust for battle. He was also the most daring, innovative tactician in France's pre-revolutionary navy." "Suffren began his naval career in the service of the Knights of Malta, protecting the Order's shipping against the corsairs of the Barbary coast. Then began the long, slow climb through the ranks of the pre-revolutionary French navy, during which he saw action in the West Indies, ran the blockade during the American war of independence, and was twice taken prisoner by the British, whom he hated ever after." "When at last he achieved independent command, this hatred fuelled his determination to beat the British in the Indian Ocean. At stake was France's alliance with Haidar Ali, the shrewd and battle-scarred Nawab of Mysore, and hence control of southern India. Suffren brought all his tactical brilliance and radical innovation to bear: his opponent, the indomitable Admiral Sir Edward Hughes, was no less determined, and the resulting campaign was as fierce as it was evenly balanced, ending only with the declaration of peace in 1783. Suffren returned to France, to be feted and feasted by nobility and populace alike. He ended his life there, having acquired honours and avoirdupois in more or less equal measure." "Roderick Cavaliero's is the first English-language biography of this extraordinary man. It is a vivid portrait of an individual and his world, with sharply drawn descriptions of people, places and events - and, of course, the sea battles, with their mingled excitement and danger. Above all, Suffren himself comes to life, with his immense vitality, his volcanic rages, his eccentricities and his matchless understanding of war in his chosen element, the sea.

The Bounty

The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
Author: Caroline Alexander
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780142004692
Category: History
Page: 491
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An account of the events surrounding the conflict aboard the HMS Bounty focuses on the court-martial of its ten mutineers, citing the breakdown and exile of Fletcher Christian and Lieutenant Bligh's navigation talents.

Captain Bligh and Mr Christian

The Men and the Mutiny
Author: Richard Hough
Publisher: Chatham Publishing
ISBN: 9781861761323
Category: Admirals
Page: 320
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The Bounty set out in 1788 to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies as a cheap source of food for slaves. But the combination of the tough discipline of Bligh and the attractions of life in the South Sea Islands drove Fletcher Christian and part of the crew to mutiny, and Bligh along with those loyal to him were set adrift in the ship's launch. Their remarkable 3,600-mile, open-boat voyage to Timor is one of the great feats of navigation, while the story of the mutineers' discovery of the uninhabited island of Pitcairn and their attempt to fashion a community away from the pursuing ships of the Royal Navy is as tense as it is horrific. This drama of mutiny, courage, remarkable voyages, human deceit and treachery, first published in 1972, provides an account of this episode of maritime history.

The Killing of History

How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past
Author: Keith Windschuttle
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 1594032963
Category: History
Page: 338
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A huge success in hardcover, The Killing of History argues that history today is in the clutches of literary and social theorists who have little respect for or training in the discipline. He believes that they deny the existence of truth and substitute radically chic theorizing for real knowledge about the past. The result is revolutionary and unprecedented: contemporary historians are increasingly obscuring the facts on which truth about the past is built. In The Killing of History, Windschuttle offers a devastating expose of these developments. This fascinating narrative leads us into a series of case histories that demonstrate how radical theory has attempted to replace the learning of traditional history with its own political agenda.

Islands and Beaches

Discourse on a Silent Land : Marquesas, 1774-1880
Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: N.A
Category: Culture conflict
Page: 355
View: 1887

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Desolation Island (Vol. Book 5) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

Author: Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393088529
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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"The relationship [between Aubrey and Maturin] about the best thing afloat....For Conradian power of description and sheer excitement there is nothing in naval fiction to beat the stern chase as the outgunned Leopard staggers through mountain waves in icy latitudes to escape the Dutch seventy-four."—Stephen Vaughan, Observer Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy—and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...

The Travelers' World

Author: Harry LIEBERSOHN
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674021853
Category: History
Page: 380
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An unforgettable voyage filled with delightful characters, dramatic encounters, and rich cultural details, The Travelers' World heralds a moment of intellectual preparation for the modern global era. Harry Liebersohn examines the transformation of global knowledge during the great age of scientific exploration. We now travel effortlessly to distant places, but the questions about perception, truth, and knowledge that these intercontinental mediators faced still resonate.

Paradise in Chains

The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia
Author: Diana Preston
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1632866129
Category: History
Page: 352
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Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony. The story of the mutiny of the Bounty and William Bligh and his men's survival on the open ocean for 48 days and 3,618 miles has become the stuff of legend. But few realize that Bligh's escape across the seas was not the only open-boat journey in that era of British exploration and colonization. Indeed, 9 convicts from the Australian penal colony, led by Mary Bryant, also traveled 3,250 miles across the open ocean and some uncharted seas to land at the same port Bligh had reached only months before. In this meticulously researched dual narrative of survival, acclaimed historian Diana Preston provides the background and context to explain the thrilling open-boat voyages each party survived and the Pacific Island nations each encountered on their journey to safety. Through this deep-dive, readers come to understand the Pacific Islands as they were and as they were perceived, and how these seemingly utopian lands became a place where mutineers, convicts, and eventually the natives themselves, were chained.

Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom

Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation
Author: Rhys Isaac
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195189086
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 448
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Landon Carter, a Virginia planter, left behind one of the most revealing of all American diaries. In this astonishingly rich biography, Isaac mines this remarkable document--and many other sources--to reconstruct Carter's interior world at the onset of the American Revolution. Indeed, Isaac unfolds not only the life, but also the mental world of our countrymen in a long-distant time. Moreover, in this presentation of Landon Carter's passionate narratives, the diarist becomes an arresting new character in the world's literature. This long-awaited work will be seen both as a major contribution to Revolution history and a triumph of the art of biography.

A Voyage to the South Sea (Illustrated Edition)

Author: William Bligh
Publisher: Echo Library
ISBN: 9781406887334
Category: History
Page: 188
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Bligh (1754-1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. In 1787 he took command of the Bounty and set sail for Tahiti to collect breadfruit to transport to the West Indies in the hope it would prove a successsful food crop for African slaves on the British colonial plantations. The Mutiny on the Bounty occurred in 1789 soon after they left Tahiti, and after being set adrift in the ship's launch by the mutineers Bligh and his loyal men eventually reached Timor, a journey of 3,618 nautical miles. Bligh's account of the mutiny and subsequent journey was published in 1790, shortly after he was honourably acquitted at the the court-martial enquiring into the loss of the Bounty, and this longer book detailing the entire breadfruit mission, including the mutiny, appeared in 1792.

Men Against the Sea

Author: Charles Nordhoff,James Norman Hall
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781517180683
Page: 94
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James Norman Hall (1887-1951) was an American author best known for the novel Mutiny on the Bounty with co-author Charles Bernard Nordhoff (1887-1947) an English-born American novelist and traveler. Mutiny on the Bounty is the title of the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, based on the mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh, commanding officer of the Bounty in 1789. It has been made into several films and a musical. It was the first of what became "The Bounty Trilogy," which continues with Men Against the Sea, and concludes with Pitcairn's Island.


Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: Melbourne University Publish
ISBN: 9780522848410
Category: History
Page: 235
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Reading is a dance on the beaches of the mind, writes Greg Dening. His reading-dances are about the pain of cross-cultural encounters, of loomings beyond the horizons of discipline, gender and race, of the pleasures of a hundred texts. In Readings/Writings his aim is to cultivate our imaginations so that we might see further, understand more deeply and hear more acutely. This book opens with Dening's extraordinary piece, 'Memorial', a deeply moving reading of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Dening's profound yet lucid reflections on the meanings contained in this stark, simple memorial set the tone for the book.


The Lost Chapters of Australia's Beginnings
Author: Nick Brodie
Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing
ISBN: 1743584539
Page: 304
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‘If we broaden our gaze, our story will get bigger.’

Nick Brodie’s 1787 traces the history of Australia before the First Fleet. Usually treated as a preface to the main story – a brief interlude that starts 50,000 years before the present and ends as sails are seen on an eastern horizon – the time before European settlement is so much more. In 1787 the peoples of Australia were not simply living in a timeless ‘Dreamtime’, following the seasons, and waiting for colonisation by Britain in 1788.

Nick Brodie uses the sailors, writers, scientists, and other visitors to our shores to reassess neglected chapters of Australia’s early history. Brodie turns the narratives of ‘exploration’ and ‘discovery’ around to take a closer look at the indigenous peoples, the broader regional scene, and what these encounters collectively tell. This is the sweeping story of Greater Australasia and its peoples, a long-overdue challenge to the myth that Australia’s story started in 1788.

About the author: Dr Nick Brodie is a historian, archaeologist, and writer. Nick’s previous book, Kin, was published to critical acclaim in 2015.

Praise for Kin:

‘[In] his richly multilayered tale … he skilfully interweaves European contact with Aboriginal and Islander peoples’.

Ross Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor of History & Politics in the Sydney Morning Herald.