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Oceania Under Steam
Author: Frances Steel

ISBN: 9781526106568
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17 August 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.5
Description:
Winner of the 2012 Ernest Scott Prize The age of steam was the age of Britain's global maritime dominance, the age of enormous ocean liners and human mastery over the seas. The world seemed to shrink as timetabled shipping mapped out faster, more efficient and more reliable transoceanic networks. But what did this transport revolution look like at the other end of the line, at the edge of empire in the South Pacific?  Taking history offshore, Oceania under steam argues for a reinvigorated scholarship of empire and the maritime world. It places human stories at the heart of this industrial subject, unsettling smooth narratives of the transformative power of steam. Through the historical example of the largest and most important regional maritime enterprise '" the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand '" Frances Steel eloquently charts the diverse and often conflicting interests, itineraries and experiences of commercial and political elites, common seamen and stewardesses, and Islander dock workers and passengers. By connecting the intimate details of shipboard life with the high politics of imperial ocean ...

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