Kon-Tiki and the postwar journey of discovery
Title: Kon-Tiki and the postwar journey of discovery
Author: ANDERSSON, Axel
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2007
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of History and Civilization
A Hero for the Atomic Age tells the story of how Heyerdahl organized an expedition to sail a balsa raft from Callao in Peru to the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia, and explains how he turned this physical crossing into an epic narrative that became imbued with a universal appeal. The book also addresses, for the first time, the problematic nature of Heyerdahl's theory that a white culture-bearing race had initiated all the world's great civilizations.
LC Subject Heading: Kon-Tiki Expedition (1947); Heyerdahl, Thor
Defence date: 27 October 2007; Examining board: Prof. Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University/European University Institute ; Prof. Bo Stråth, European University Institute ; Prof. Reinhold Wagnleitner, University of Salzburg ; Prof. Frank Mort, University of Manchester
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