Tillman Nechtman

The Pretender of Pitcairn Island: Joshua W. Hill - The Man Who Would Be King Among the Bounty Mutineers
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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm
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424 Broadway
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Join us for an evening with author, historian & Skidmore professor Tillman Nechtman, as he discusses his new book "The Pretender of Pitcairn Island."

Pitcairn, a tiny Pacific island that was refuge to the mutineers of HMAV Bounty and home to their descendants, later became the stage on which one imposter played out his influential vision for British control over the nineteenth-century Pacific Ocean. Joshua W. Hill arrived on Pitcairn in 1832 and began his fraudulent half-decade rule that has until now been swept aside as an idiosyncratic moment in the larger saga of Fletcher Christian's mutiny against Captain Bligh, and the mutineers' unlikely settlement of Pitcairn. Here, Hill is shown instead as someone alert to the full scope and power of the British Empire, to the geopolitics of international imperial competition, to the ins and outs of naval command, the vicissitudes of court politics, and, as such, to Pitcairn's symbolic power for the British Empire more broadly.

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781108440806
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Published: Cambridge University Press - August 31st, 2018

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