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Arctic obsession : the lure of the far north

Author: Alexis S Troubetzkoy
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, ©2011.
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The epic history of the explorers and adventurers who risked--and sometimes lost--their lives in the quest to conquer and claim the Arctic. Ever since approximately 325 BC, the Arctic has been the backdrop for tales of triumph and disaster, of hardship and horrors endured by those who were drawn to the northern latitudes. For centuries the major world powers sponsored teams of explorers seeking trade routes as well  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis S Troubetzkoy
ISBN: 9780312625030 0312625030
OCLC Number: 707969600
Description: 302 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The song of the siren --
Introduction. The Arctic : who is she? --
Earliest explorations --
Eastern thrusts to Cathay --
First western thrusts --
The Hudson tragedy --
A Dane at Hudson Bay --
Russians in the Arctic --
The Franklin tragedy --
Americans of the Arctic --
The Scandinavians --
Canary in the cage --
People and politics.
Other Titles: Lure of the far north
Responsibility: Alexis S. Troubetzkoy.

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The epic history of the explorers and adventurers who risked--and sometimes lost--their lives in the quest to conquer and claim the Arctic. Ever since approximately 325 BC, the Arctic has been the backdrop for tales of triumph and disaster, of hardship and horrors endured by those who were drawn to the northern latitudes. For centuries the major world powers sponsored teams of explorers seeking trade routes as well as the chance to claim new territories. These commercial interests brought them into contact with natives, who at first saw white crews die in the forbidding landscape they called home, only to succumb later themselves to disease, alcohol, and the drastic environmental changes wrought by global trade. At a time when global warming is drastically altering the region, Arctic Obsession chronicles an age when the Arctic remained one of the last unconquered places on Earth.--From publisher description.

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