Travels to terra incognita
The Scottish Highlands and Hebrides in early modern travellers’ accounts c. 1600 to 1800
2007, Internationale Hochschulschriften, Band 476, 634 Seiten, paperback, inkl. CD mit 120 Kurzbiografien der Reisenden und 115 Karten der Reiserouten, 49,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-1699-4
Martin Rackwitz was born in 1970 in Münster (Germany). He studied history and English literature at the University of Kiel (Germany), completing his degree in 1998. Between 1999 and 2003 he undertook doctoral research in Edinburgh, supported by scholarships from Kiel University and the German Academic Exchange Service. His thesis, awarded in 2004, examined the history of travel and travel writing in the Scottish Highlands. He now lives and works in Kiel. His main fields of research are British history and the history of German universities in the early nineteenth century.
[...]in the style of a north Europaen PhD thesis, Travels to Terra Incognita represents a vast amount of scholarship, with copious amounts of information contained in its pages, and even more in the voluminous footnotes. [...] Rather than a chronological trawl through the accounts, the book proceeds thematically, having identified the main preoccupations of the various travellers in the region. [...] It demonstrates the value of an author fully conversant with the large body of secondary literature available in German and other languages on the subject of travel in the Highlands and Islands, and indeed the wider travel writing genre, and able to synthesise a vast quantity of material in a clear and methodical manner.
Andrew G. Newby in: Rural History, 19. 2008.
One of the strength of this book is that breadth and variety. [...] The large number of narratives discusssed does mean that only a small amount of space can be given to each one, but Rackwitz has been scrupulous in providing the bibliographic and location information that would enable a reader to explore further. The book includes a very useful CD-Rom [...]
Betty Hagglund in: Studies in Travel Writing, 3. 2009.