Monday, 13 May 2013

A Footnote To History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Definitive Edition of A Footnote To History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa by Robert Louis Stevenson

-illustrated with over 10 unique period photographs
-illustrations inform and provide historical context
-linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

"[Robert Louis] Stevenson's long residence on the Island of Upolu gave him opportunities to unite a knowledge of the facts with his own rare talents of narration and description, and has thus produced a volume that will be widely read." New York Times

This is the extraordinary rich account of the Samoa Crisis in which were brought to a head the increasing tensions between Germany, Britain and America in a struggle over the Samoan islands between 1887-1889. Chronicled by eye-witness Robert Louis Stevenson who was cruising the Pacific on a yacht, this is the fascinating story of the escalating rivalry between world powers in their colonial and trade ambitions that would culminate in the First World War.

In a terrible twist of fate, the various nation's ships, which had been in a standoff for months in the bay were dashed upon the shores and reefs during a huge hurricane. The events that led up to this and those after are here reported in Stevenson's engaging prose.

This definitive edition contains several period photos of the relevant historical figures, maps and photos of the geography of Samoa, and images and sketches of the effects of the hurricane.

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist (1850 -1894) best known for his popular fiction such as Kidnapped and Treasure Island. Although briefly describing himself as a "red-hot socialist" in his youth, like his father he was a staunch conservative. Witness to the events described in this book he was in 1894 to die and be buried in the region after buying a tract of land on the island of Upolu.

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