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Antarctica : a biography

Author: David Day
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
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Explains the history of Antarctica, focusing on the explorers and sailors drawn to the continent, the scientific investigations that have taken place there, and the geopolitical implications of the landmass. For centuries it was suspected that there must be an undiscovered continent in the southern hemisphere. But explorers failed to find one. On his second voyage to the Pacific, Captain Cook sailed further south  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Day
ISBN: 9780199670550 0199670552 9780199861453 0199861455
OCLC Number: 819275481
Description: ix, 614 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1770s --
1780-1820 --
1821-1838 --
1839-1843 --
1843-1895 --
1895-1906 --
1907-1912 --
1912-1918 --
1919-1926 --
1926-1928 --
1929-1930 --
1931-1933 --
1934-1936 --
1937-1938 --
1939-1941 --
1941-1945 --
1945-1947 --
1948-1951 --
1952-1956 --
1957-1960 --
1961-2012 --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: David Day.
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The first ever major international history of the world's most forbidding continent - from the eighteenth-century voyages of discovery to the fierce commercial and geopolitical rivalries of today  Read more...

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David Day has written a substantial and substantive book with some 60 pages of scholarly notes, which are of interest to readers in their own right. ... it was a pleasure in large part to read a book Read more...

 
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