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Author Larson, Edward J. (Edward John)

Title An empire of ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the heroic age of Antarctic science / Edward J. Larson.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2011.


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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
text file PDF rda
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-315) and index.
Contents "Three cheers for the dogs" -- A compass pointing south -- The empire's mapmaker -- In Challenger's wake -- Taking the measure of men -- March to the penguins -- Discovering a continent's past -- The meaning of ice -- Epilogue : heroes' requiem.
Note Print version record.
Summary Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about.
Language In English.
Subject Scott, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912.
Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922.
ScottRobert Falcon, 1868-1912.
ShackletonErnest Henry, (Sir,) 1874-1922.
Scott, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912. (OCoLC)fst00001385
Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922. (OCoLC)fst00000549
Scott, Robert F.
Shackleton, Ernest H.
Scott, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912.
Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922.
Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration -- British.
Scientific expeditions -- Antarctica -- History -- 20th century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Adventurers & Explorers.
Scientific expeditions -- History -- Antarctica -- 20th century.
Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration -- British.
Antarctica. (OCoLC)fst01239992
Forskningsresor -- historia.
Polarexpeditioner -- historia.
Upptäcktsresande -- historia.
Antarctica -- Exploration.
Scientific expeditions -- History.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Larson, Edward J. (Edward John). Empire of ice. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2011 9780300154085 (DLC) 2010044396 (OCoLC)670375635
ISBN 9780300159769 (electronic bk.)
0300159765 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.12987/9780300159769 doi
AU@ 000053303157
DEBBG BV044116612
DEBSZ 452597862
DEBSZ 484703536
GBVCP 1003670857
NZ1 13851750
AU@ 000066767123

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