Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First

Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact In January , the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales, Australia and a thousand British men and women encountered the people who would be their new neighbors Dancing with Strangers tells the story of what happened between the first British settlers of Australia and these Aborigines Inga Clendinnen interprets the earliest written sources, and the reports, letters and journals of the first British settlers in Australia She reconstructs the difficult path to friendship and conciliation pursued by Arthur Phillip and the local leader Bennelong Baneelon that was ultimately destroyed by the assertion of profound cultural differences A Prize winning archaeologist, anthropologist and historian of ancient Mexican cultures, Inga Clendinnen has spent most of her teaching career at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Australia Ambivalent Conquests Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan Cambridge,and Aztecs An Interpretation Cambridge,are two of her best known scholarly works Tiger s Eye A Memoir, Scribner,describes her battle against liver cancer Reading the Holocaust Cambridge,explores World War II genocide from various perspectives

10 thoughts on “Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact

  1. says:

    I read this book back in 2008, and below is the review I wrote then and posted on .com In the almost ten years since I read this book, we ve made less progress than I d hoped for, then People always look most alike when we know them least This is a thoughtful, insightful look at the initial contacts between Australia s indigenous people and members of the First

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    I love studying history I love it so much that I devote most of my weekdays to it so much that I spend a good chunk of my spare time and weekends trying to learn languages to help me with it so much that I can maybe, just maybe, see myself doing it for the rest of my life But in the nine years since I began studying it with a serious interest in Year 11 at high scho

  3. says:

    Excellent Anyone interested in Australia history or the Melbourne School or Inga Clendinnen must read.

  4. says:

    There are quite a few books on the First Fleet Inga Clendinnen s focus on the interactions between the interloping British with the Australian inhabitants and tries to deduce the possible reasons for the behaviours, actions and reactions of the two totally different races She also provides an analysis of the five main men who documented their stays in Sydney and why they po

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    Engrossing and often dramatic narrative of the first few years of contact between white settler invaders and the fish dependent Eora people of the harbour Competition for survival became almost as fraught as the continuing struggle for linguistic and cultural comprehension This collision of world views formed the basis of early colonial Sydney where the violent repression of co

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    I cannot imagine that avivid or beguiling account of the origins of British Australia will ever be written an extraordinary achievement Robert ManneBecause we know the outcome, the story has a deep poignancy But Clendinnen does not just plod through the familiar sad story of oppression Hers is a lyrical account that draws us into its passionate heart New Zealand HeraldWonderfully b

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    In Dancing with Strangers Inga Clendinnen, tells of the meeting between the British First Fleet and the Aboriginal Australians in 1788 It is a story of confusion, lack of understanding and ignorance on both sides However an air of tolerance seems to have prevailed and good will on both sides meant that for the first few years both the native Autralians and the convict colony managed to

  8. says:

    I found this account of early contact history to be quite enjoyable easy to read, interestingly written and balanced Although I didn t agree with all of the authors conclusions I found it refereshing to find an author on Australian history that at least has a go at trying to deduce some of the motives of the Aboriginal people rather than just parrot the assumptions made by earlier writers

  9. says:

    Rather dry text on the first years of the First Fleet s arrival and their relationship with Aboriginal Australia Relying heavily on European documentation and then making educated guesses as to the Aboriginal perspective, I couldn t help but wonder whether having the input of one of our first people would ve improved the text Still, an interesting read in cultural differences Particularly the

  10. says:

    An excellent ,well written book about the settlement of Australia based on original letters and journals I found this book very interesting and easy to read Each chapter is based on a person,event or some type of issue very logically presented It did help that I had read several other books about the same era but this is by far the best Her descriptions and attention to detail were major strengths

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