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Williams, Glyndwr

Works: 81 works in 318 publications in 3 languages and 12,266 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Maps  Naval history  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Composer, Redactor, Adapter
Classifications: G640, 910.916327
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Glyndwr Williams
The atlas of North American exploration : from the Norse voyages to the race to the pole by William H Goetzmann( )
17 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Atlas of exploration containing over 100 color maps, historical background of each expedition, excerpts from journals, and diaries of early explorers
Arctic labyrinth : the quest for the Northwest Passage by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
18 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage--an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a shortcut to the fabulous wealth of Asia--obsessed explorers for centuries. Until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassible ice. Voyagers faced unimaginable horrors--entire ships crushed, mass starvation, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism--in pursuit of a futile goal. Glyn Williams charts the entire sweep of this extraordinary history, from the tiny, woefully equipped vessels of the first Tudor expeditions to the twentieth-century ventures that finally opened the Passage
Voyages of delusion : the quest for the Northwest Passage by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
18 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The eighteenth century--the Age of Reason--was characterized by determined attempts by philosophers, scientists, and political theorists to dispel myth, superstition, and ignorance. But the Age of Reason also witnessed some of the most irrational and vainglorious attempts by sailors and speculators to find a navigable Northwest Passage that would lead through the icy seas of the Arctic from Hudson Bay to the wealth of the Pacific Ocean. Lured by the promise of fame and riches, men endured paralyzing cold, malnutrition, and terrifying storms. Many lives and fortunes were lost in the quest for the elusive "maritime philosopher's stone." Glyn Williams describes the adventures and mishaps of these misguided expeditions
The expansion of Europe in the eighteenth century; overseas rivalry, discovery, and exploitation by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
21 editions published between 1956 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Journeys of the great explorers Columbus to Cook by Glyndwr Williams( )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the period of exploration from the late 15th century through the 18th century, covering the voyages of Columbus, da Gama, Magellan, Drake, Dampier, Bering, and Cook
The great South Sea : English voyages and encounters, 1570-1750 by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The death of Captain Cook : a hero made and unmade by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Captain Cook's enduring claim to fame is that he redrew the map of the world in three extraordinary voyages over the Pacific, north and south. The news that reached London in 1780 of his death on a beach in Hawaii the previous year was shocking and the details of that bloody and chaotic fracas had to be turned into something nobler as befitted a martyr hero. This new interpretation of Cook's life and death by a great historian of marine exploration argues that the circumstances and reporting of his death are the key to his reputation. For many years he enjoyed unparalleled status as 'the pride of his century' and in the white settlements in the Pacific as 'father of the nation'. By contrast first in Hawaii and then in the postcolonial world a different view emerged of a destructive invader, as much anti-hero as the reverse. His progress from obscurity to fame and then, for some, to infamy, is a story that has never been fully told. -- Publisher description
The great map of mankind : perceptions of new worlds in the age of enlightenment by P. J Marshall( Book )
15 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and Japanese and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Perspectives of empire. Essays presented to Gerald S. Graham by John E Flint( Book )
13 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Naturalists at sea : scientific travellers from Dampier to Darwin by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On the great Pacific discovery expeditions of the "long eighteenth century", naturalists for the first time were commonly found aboard ships sailing forth from European ports. Lured by intoxicating opportunities to discover exotic and perhaps lucrative flora and fauna unknown at home, these men set out eagerly to collect and catalogue, study and document an uncharted natural world. This enthralling book is the first to describe the adventures and misadventures, discoveries and dangers of this devoted and sometimes eccentric band of explorer-scholars. Their individual experiences are uniquely their own, but together their stories offer a new perspective on the extraordinary era of Pacific exploration and the achievements of an audacious generation of naturalists. Historian Glyn Williams illuminates the naturalist's lot aboard ship, where danger alternated with boredom and quarrels with the ship's commander were the norm
The prize of all the oceans : the dramatic true story of Commodore Anson's voyage round the world and how he seized the Spanish treasure galleon by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chronicles Commodore George Anson's attempts to seize a Spanish galleon on its yearly voyage from Acapulco to Manila in 1740
Ruling Britannia : a political history of Britain 1688-1988 by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Designed for first year students, this contains a continuous narrative thread together with analytical sections which often cross chronological boundaries. Topics range from the South Sea Bubble to relations abroad with America and Europe to trade unions and Thatcherism
Pioneers of the Pacific : voyages of exploration, 1787/1810 by Nigel Rigby( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The voyages of Captain Cook marked the end of early European voyages in the Pacific and launched a new era of scientific exploration and commercial and colonial exploitation. Introducing six of Cook's immediate successors in the 'Great South Sea', this book draws together accounts of their voyages with illustrations from a wide range of international sources."--BOOK JACKET
A voyage round the world in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV by George Anson Anson( Book )
9 editions published between 1748 and 1974 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The British search for the Northwest Passage in the eighteenth century by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
15 editions published between 1926 and 1962 in 3 languages and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Voyages to Hudson Bay in search of a Northwest Passage, 1741-1747 ( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The 18th century saw a resurgence of hope that a Northwest Passage - that elusive target of European seamen over the centuries - might yet be found. Prompted by the Irish MP Arthur Dobbs, the Admiralty sent the Furnace and Discovery to Hudson Bay in 1741 in search of a navigable passage to the Pacific. The expedition was commanded by Christopher Middleton, until his resignation in 1741 a sea captain in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company. With his actions closely scrutinized by his former employers and colleagues, concerned about possible interference with the fur trade, Middleton wintered at the Company fort at Churchill. From there in the summer of 1742 he sailed farther north along the west coast of Hudson Bay than any previous European explorer, charting Wager bay, Repulse Bay and Frozen Strait; but he failed to find a passage. After his return to England he found himself accused of negligence and corruption. Dobbs attacked both him and the Hudson's Bay Company in a campaign which ruined Middleton's professional reputation and opened the way for a further expedition to the Bay. The controversy over the Middleton expedition helps to explain the wealth of documentation which has survived. In angry pamphlet exchanges Dobbs and Middleton published their letters to each other; and to these the editors have added Dobb's manuscript Memorial on the Northwest Passage, his correspondence with Judge Ward, and documents from the Admiralty and other government departments. The voyage itself is seen through the pages of Middleton's journal, supplemented with extracts from the journals, logs and affidavits of other crew members. From the Hudson's Bay Company's archives the journal of James Isham, factor at Churchill, adds to the story of the expedition's wintering. The final section deals with the controversy which developed after Middleton's return, and prints the more important charges and counter-charges which were made in the years 1743 to 1745
Terra Australis to Australia ( Book )
9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pacific empires : essays in honour of Glyndwr Williams ( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documents relating to Anson's voyage round the world, 1740-1744 by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
10 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The prize of all the oceans : the triumph and tragedy of Anson's voyage round the world by Glyndwr Williams( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recounts the adventures of British commodore George Anson and his four-year mission to seize Peruvian silver aboard the Spanish galleon en route from Acapulco to Manila, and describes how only the flagship Centurion survived
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Alternative Names
Williams, G.
Williams, G. 1932-
Williams, G. (Glyndwr)
Williams, Glyn
Williams Glyn 1932-....
Williams, Glyn (Glyndwr)
Williams, Glyn (Glyndwr), 1932-
Williams, Glyn R.
Williams, Glyndwr.
ウィリアムズ, G
English (215)
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