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Exploring Greenland : cold war science and technology on ice

Author: Ronald Edmund Doel; Kristine Harper; Matthias Heymann
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016] ©2016
Series: Palgrave studies in the history of science and technology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using newly declassified documents, this book explores why U.S. military leaders after World War II sought to monitor the far north and understand the physical environment of Greenland, a crucial territory of Denmark. It reveals a fascinating yet little-known realm of Cold War intrigue and a delicate diplomatic duet between a smaller state and a superpower amid a time of intense global pressures. Written by scholars  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Edmund Doel; Kristine Harper; Matthias Heymann
ISBN: 9781137596871 1137596872
OCLC Number: 956736532
Description: xiii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Contributors --
Map of Greenland --
Polar projection map --
Greenland and the world: timeline --
List of figures. Introduction: exploring Greenland's secrets: science, technology, diplomacy, and Cold War planning in global contexts / Ronald E. Doel, Kristine C. Harper, and Matthias Heymann. Part 1 Arctic challenges in the Cold War : Defending the North American continent: why the physical environmental sciences mattered in Cold War Greenland / Ronald E. Doel --
Small state preoccupations: science and technology in the pursuit of modernization, security, and sovereignty in Greenland / Kristian H. Nielsen. Part 2 Controlling hostile environments: geophysical research in Greenland : In search of control: Arctic weather stations in the early Cold War / Matthias Heymann --
Security and the nation: glaciology in early Cold War Greenland / Janet Martin-Nielsen --
Uncommon grounds: Daniel and American perspectives on Greenland's geology (1946-1960) / Christopher Jacob Ries --
Battling the Aurora Borealis: the transnational coproduction of ionospheric research in early Cold War Greenland / Henrik Knudsen --
Danish seismic research in relation to American nuclear detection efforts / Anne Lif Lund Jacobsen. Part 3 Entanglement and transformation: diplomacy and politics of science in Greenland : Camp century: Cold War city under the ice / Henry Nielsen and Kristian H. Nielsen --
Cold War Greenland as a space for international scientific collaboration / Henrik Knudsen --
Cold atoms: the hunt for uranium in Greenland in the late Cold War and beyond / Henry Nielsen and Henrik Knudsen. Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in the history of science and technology.
Responsibility: Ronald E. Doel, Kristine C. Harper, Matthias Heymann, editors.

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