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Exploring Polar Frontiers: A Historical Encyclopedia is the only reference work that provides a comprehensive history of polar exploration from the ancient period through the present day. The author is a noted polar scholar and offers dramatic accounts of all major explorers and their expeditions, together with separate exploration histories for specific islands, regions, and uncharted waters. He presents a wealth of fascinating information under a variety of subject entries including methods of transport, myths, achievements, and record-breaking activities.

By approaching polar exploration biographically, geographically, and topically, Mills reveals a number of intriguing connections between the various explorers, their patrons and times, and the process of discovery in all areas of the polar regions. Furthermore, he provides the reader with a clear understanding of the intellectual climate as well as the dominant social, economic, and political forces surrounding each expedition. Readers will learn why the journeys were undertaken, not just where, when, and how.

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Clearly a labor of love, this two-volume set serves as both an introduction for new readers as well as a reference for those already immersed in the history, lore, personalities, and practicalities of polar adventure. After a section of about 20 maps, Mills, a librarian since 1989 at the Scott Polar Reseach Institute, U. of Cambridge, presents three types of entries: geographical, subject, and biographical/expeditionary. Arrangement is alphabetical, but there is a chronological listing of entries for those who prefer that approach; and an index by categories facilitates thematic reading on the various regions of the world or by subjects such as cartography and mapping, commercial concerns and exploration, expedition goals, historical conceptions of the polar regions, means of transport, indigenous peoples, and territorial claims. Each entry has plenty of cross-referencing and suggestions for further reading. B&w photos support the text.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Covers the entire history of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, from the voyage of Pytheas ca. 325 B.C. to the present, in one convenient, comprehensive reference resource.

Synopsis:

• The only title to tell the stories of all major polar expeditions, Arctic and Antarctic

• Numerous great stories, many that rival Roald Amundsen's journey to the South Pole and Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance voyage

• Examines the intellectual, social, economic, and political forces surrounding each expedition

Synopsis:

• 511 A-Z biographical, geographical, and subject entries on polar exploration such as dogs, man-hauling, Elephant Island, South Georgia, and major explorers such as Sir John Franklin, Fridtjof Nansen, and Richard Byrd

• Extensive collection of photographs, many taken by expedition participants

• Vivid illustrations, including woodcuts and drawings

• 20 maps detailing Arctic and Antarctic regions

• Chronology of expeditions beginning with the voyage of Pytheas in 325 B.C. through the present

Synopsis:

The next decade will see centennial celebrations marking the heroic age of the great polar explorers: Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, and Sir Ernest Shackleton. From Pytheas's voyage to the Arctic Circle in 325 B.C. to Børge Ousland's solo crossing of the Arctic Ocean in 2001, the history of our quest to conquer the poles is filled with tales of courage, inspiration, tragedy, and triumph.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781576074220
Author:
Mills, William J.
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO
Author:
William James Mills
Author:
Mills, William
Subject:
General
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
History
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
World - Post-Colonial Studies
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Arctic and Antarctic-General
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
797
Dimensions:
11.26x8.74x2.19 in. 5.40 lbs.
Age Level:
12-22

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"Synopsis" by , Covers the entire history of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, from the voyage of Pytheas ca. 325 B.C. to the present, in one convenient, comprehensive reference resource.
"Synopsis" by , • The only title to tell the stories of all major polar expeditions, Arctic and Antarctic

• Numerous great stories, many that rival Roald Amundsen's journey to the South Pole and Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance voyage

• Examines the intellectual, social, economic, and political forces surrounding each expedition

"Synopsis" by , • 511 A-Z biographical, geographical, and subject entries on polar exploration such as dogs, man-hauling, Elephant Island, South Georgia, and major explorers such as Sir John Franklin, Fridtjof Nansen, and Richard Byrd

• Extensive collection of photographs, many taken by expedition participants

• Vivid illustrations, including woodcuts and drawings

• 20 maps detailing Arctic and Antarctic regions

• Chronology of expeditions beginning with the voyage of Pytheas in 325 B.C. through the present

"Synopsis" by ,

The next decade will see centennial celebrations marking the heroic age of the great polar explorers: Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, and Sir Ernest Shackleton. From Pytheas's voyage to the Arctic Circle in 325 B.C. to Børge Ousland's solo crossing of the Arctic Ocean in 2001, the history of our quest to conquer the poles is filled with tales of courage, inspiration, tragedy, and triumph.

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