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A history of Arctic exploration : discovery, adventure and endurance at the top of the world

Author: Matti Lainema; Juha Nurminen; John Nurmisen säätiö.
Publisher: London : Conway ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling, 2009, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Documenting more than 2,500 years of Arctic exploration, from the earliest seafarers of antiquity and the great naval and mercantile voyages in search of the Northwest and Northeast Passages, to the conquest of the North Pole and even beyond ... the definitive account of expeditions made throughout the great northern polar expanse ... brings together the major explorers from both East and West ... Drawing on many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matti Lainema; Juha Nurminen; John Nurmisen säätiö.
ISBN: 9781844860692 1844860698
OCLC Number: 360145035
Notes: "First published in 2001 as Ultime Thule by John Nurminen Foundation"--Title page verso.
Description: 349 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 35 cm
Contents: Pytheas: pioneer or storyteller? --
The indigenous peoples of the Arctic: the real conquerors of the Polar Circle --
The Vikings: pioneers of exploration --
Exploring for trade, gold and power --
The Russians are coming --
Whaling in the service of Arctic science --
Trading posts and expeditions into the interior --
East and West meet in Alaska --
The Royal Navy sails to the Arctic ocean --
Franklin and the mystery of the Northwest Passage --
The race for the North Pole --
Darkness falls on the North Pole --
The return of the Vikings.
Responsibility: Matti Lainema, Juha Nurminen.

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Meticulous and engrossing history on an extremely topical subject. Sumptuously illustrated with artworks, maps and charts. Fully international in its coverage. Follows in the style of The History of  Read more...

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