Entre exploration, observation et régénération: Regards croisés de voyageurs sur les familles Françaises et exotiques sous la révolution française1

Translated title of the contribution: Exploration, observation and regeneration: Voyagers' perceptions of French and Tasmanian families during the French Revolution

Nicole Starbuck, Lucie Perrier

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Abstract

During the French Revolution there was a marked increase in the interest that French expeditions in the Pacific showed in the internal dynamics and social roles of indigenous families. The observations recorded by the expeditions of Antoine Raymond Joseph Bruni d'Entrecasteaux (1791-1794) and Nicolas Baudin (1800-1804) were influenced in part by the development of the « science of man » during this era but also, it is argued, by Revolutionary politics, reforms and anxieties about the family in France. This is supported by comparison between Pacific-expedition – particularly d'Entrecasteaux expedition – and Revolutionary records. It is also argued that from this point family observations began to play a central and vital role in French anthropology at sea, as they brought together the individual and society while also, by giving deeper insight into human, social and political development, facilitating more complex evaluations of « civilisation ».
Translated title of the contributionExploration, observation and regeneration: Voyagers' perceptions of French and Tasmanian families during the French Revolution
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)175-198
Number of pages24
JournalAnnales Historiques de la Revolution Francaise
Issue number385
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • French Revolution
  • Tasmanian families
  • French families
  • Voyagers' perceptions
  • French expeditions
  • Pacific

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