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Crusoe's Island: A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness

Crusoe's Island: A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness (Paperback)

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Read an exclusive blog by the author on the sea and English identity post-Brexit





Originally named Juan Fernandez, the island of Robinson Crusoe in the South Pacific was the inspiration for Defoe's classic novel about the adventures of a shipwrecked sailor. Yet the complex story of Britain's relationship with this distant, tiny island is more surprising, more colourful and considerably darker. Drawing on voyage accounts, journal entries, maps and illustrations, acclaimed historian Andrew Lambert brings to life the voices of the visiting sailors, scientists, writers and artists, from the early encounters of the 1500s and the perilous journeys of the eighteenth-century explorers, to the naval conflicts of the First World War and the environmental concerns of more recent years. Crusoe's Island explores why we are still not willing to give up on the specks of land at the far ends of the earth.



History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsMaritime historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 03/08/2017 ISBN-13: 9780571330249  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Andrew Lambert is Professor of Naval History at King's College, London. His books include Nelson: Britannia's God of War, Admirals: The Naval Commanders Who Made Britain Great and Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Exploration. His highly successful history of the British Navy, War at Sea, was broadcast on BBC Two.

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