The Last Blank Spaces by Dane Kennedy
Exploring Africa and Australia

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The challenge of opening Africa and Australia to British imperial influence fell to a coterie of proto-professional explorers who sought knowledge, adventure, and fame but often experienced confusion, fear, and failure. The Last Blank Spaces follows the arc of these explorations, from idea to practice, intention to outcome, myth to reality.

About Dane Kennedy

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Dane Kennedy is the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University.Author's home: Fairfax, VA
Published March 1, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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An academic correction of the "triumphalist" notion of British exploration of Africa and Australia.

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Triumphalist narratives of European trailblazers leave out complexity and conflict, along with the contributions of indigenous peoples, according to this probing social history of 19th-century imperia

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