France in the Pacific, 1695-1995
Terra Australia, the mysterious Southern Continent, was one of the world’s most enduring myths. The search for the “other world” beneath the globe led the French in a battle for the South Seas that was to end, not with the discovery of an Antipodean continent awash with people standing on their heads, but with France becoming one of the great powerhouses of Pacific development. Visions & Realities is the story of France’s influence in the Pacific, from the earliest days of tiny ships lost in the vast ocean to the present day, when attitudes to colonialism have changed the Pacific so dramatically.
Published in 1997