Antipodes: in search of the southern continent

The conscription conflict and the great war

Avan Judd Stallard

For centuries Europeans believed in the existence of a massive continent in the world’s south.

Where did this belief come from? What was its nature? And how did it persist in the face of increasing evidence that it was without foundation.

Beautifully illustrated, Antipodes charts the voyages – both through the imagination and across the high seas – in pursuit of a dreamed-for land of untold riches.

Although in reality Terra Australis did not exist, this didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence. In the process, Stallard shows, the imagined southern continent became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

Out in November, rrp A$39.95