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Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing

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Publisher Comments:

Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.
That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too.  The origins of skiing are bound up in with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.
 

Book News Annotation:

Huntford has accomplished an unusual feat, producing a history of a means of transportation that ties together myriad human endeavors, including journeys of exploration, competitions, and sheer survival, demonstrating the ubiquitous place of the ski in life across the northern climes. Enjoyable to read and impressive in scope, this history spans the earliest archaeological evidence of skiing, its development as a sport, its use by the military and explorers, and competitive skiing after 1945. Illustrated in b&w. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Predating the wheel, the ski has played an important role in our history. This is brilliantly brought to life in this engaging book.

Synopsis:

Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.
That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too.  The origins of skiing are bound up in with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.
 

Table of Contents

Preface,Acknowledgements                                                   Note, Maps   1. Skiing Necesse Est                                        2. Ski Tracks in the Milky Way                                    3. The Earliest Written Sources                     4. The Finnish National Epic: Kalevala  5. The First Printed 6. Norway - the Cradle of Skiing as a Sport7. The Influence of Rousseau                   8. The Ski in Foreign Literature 9. Evolution of Skiing as a Sport 10. The Men of Telemark 11. Development of Technique and Equipment 12. The First Nordic Marathon                                             13. The Conquest of the Mountain World      14. Fridtjof Nansen and the First Crossing of Greenland 15. The Nordic Olympia 16. The Waisted Telemark Ski17. The Rise of Ski Touring and the Misadventures of Roald Amundsen18. As Important as the Plays of Ibsen 19. The Spread of Skiing on the Continent20. Norwegians Bring Skiing to Austria-Hungary and Montenegro 21. Skiing Comes to Switzerland 22. Davos23. The English Skiing at Davos 24. Mathias Zdarsky25. St.Moritz   26. Skiing in France27. Polar Exloration  28. The Inventions that Founded Modern Skiing 29. The New World30. The Study of Snow Structure31. The First Winter Olympics at Chamonix 32. Mass Winter Tourism33. The International Recognition of Downhill Skiing34. Skiing Mechanized and Politicized 35. Military Skiing 36. Skiing Since 1945 Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781441134011
Subtitle:
The Dramatic History of Skiing
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Huntford, Roland
Subject:
Skiing - CrossCountry
Subject:
History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Skiing - General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20091110
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9.22 x 6.36 x 1.3 in

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"Synopsis" by , Predating the wheel, the ski has played an important role in our history. This is brilliantly brought to life in this engaging book.
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Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.
That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too.  The origins of skiing are bound up in with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.
 
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