Blending global scope with local depth, this book throws new light on important themes. Spanning four centuries and vast space, it combines the history of ideas with particular histories of encounters between European voyagers and Indigenous people in Oceania (Island Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands).
Introduction: Indigenous Presence to the Science of Race PART I: 'INDIANS', 'NEGROES', AND 'SAVAGES' IN TERRA AUSTRALIS 1. Before Races: Barbarity, Civility, and Salvation in the Mar del Sur 2. Towards Races: Ambivalent Encounters in the South Seas 3. Seeing Races: Confronting 'Savages' in Terra Australis PART II: RACE, CLASSIFICATION, AND ENCOUNTERS IN OCEANIE 4. Meeting Agency: Islanders, Voyagers, and Races in the Mer du Sud 5. Races in the Field: Encounters and Taxonomy in the Grand Ocean 6. Raciology in Action: Phrenology, Polygenism, and Agency in Oceanie Conclusion: Race in 1850/Oceania in 1850