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An empire of ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the heroic age of Antarctic science

Author: Edward J Larson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Robert Falcon Scott; Ernest Henry Shackleton, Sir; Robert Falcon Scott; Ernest Henry Shackleton, Sir; Robert F Scott; Ernest H Shackleton; Robert Falcon Scott; Ernest Henry Shackleton, Sir; ScottRobert Falcon; ShackletonErnest Henry, (Sir )
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward J Larson
ISBN: 9780300154085 0300154089 9780300188219 0300188218
OCLC Number: 670375635
Description: xiv, 326 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: "Three cheers for the dogs" --
A compass pointing south --
The empire's mapmaker --
In Challenger's wake --
Taking the measure of men --
March to the penguins --
Discovering a continent's past --
The meaning of ice --
Epilogue : heroes' requiem.
Responsibility: Edward J. Larson.

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