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The Humboldt current : a European explorer and his American disciples

Author: Aaron Sachs
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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Alexander von Humboldt was a towering figure of his time - scientist, explorer, and polymath, imbued with Enlightenment ideas - and he left an impact on the intellectual life of 19th century America.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Sachs
ISBN: 9780199215195 0199215197
OCLC Number: 74522263
Description: xii, 496 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Humboldt in America: 1804-2004; The Chain of Connection; Excursion-Exile: Napoleon's France; PART ONE --
EAST; Humboldt and the Influence of Europe; Personal Narrative of a Journey: Radical Romanticism; Cosmos: Unification Ecology; Excursion-Eureka: The Death of Edgar Allan Poe; PART TWO- SOUTH; J.N. Reynolds and the "More Comprehensive Promise" of the Antarctic; "Rough Notes of Rough Adventures": Exploration for Exploration's Sake; "Mocha-Dick": The Value of Mental Expansion; Excursion-Watersheds: 1859-1862; PART THREE --
WEST; Clarence King's Experience of the Frontier; Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada: The Art of Self-Exposure; "Catastrophism and the Evolution of Environment": A Science of Humility; Excursion-Yreka: Just North of Mount Shasta; PART FOUR --
NORTH; George Wallace Melville and John Muir in Extremis; In the Lena Delta: Arctic Tragedy and American Imperialism; The Cruise of the Corwin: Nature, Natives, Nation; Excursion-Home: The Harriman Expedition; The Grounding of American Environmentalism; Epilogue: Humboldt on Chimborazo; Chronology; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Aaron Sachs.
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Through the lives of Americans who followed or echoed Humboldt, this fascinating, insightful book gives us a brilliant new account of U.S. geography and ecology, exploration and eccentricity. Felipe Read more...

 
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