Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North

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Macmillan, Sep 27, 2011 - History - 304 pages

The epic history of the explorers and adventurers who risked -- and sometimes lost -- their lives in the quest to conquer and claim the Arctic.

Ever since approximately 325 BC, the Arctic has been the backdrop for tales of triumph and disaster, of hardship and horrors endured by those who were drawn to the northern latitudes. For centuries the major world powers sponsored teams of explorers seeking trade routes as well as the chance to claim new territories. These commercial interests brought them into contact with natives, who at first saw white crews die in the forbidding landscape they called home only to later succumb to disease, alcohol, and the drastic environmental changes wrought by global trade.

At a time when global warming is drastically altering the region, Arctic Obsession chronicles an age when the Arctic remained one of the last unconquered places on Earth.


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Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North

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The Arctic has long tantalized people's imaginations and Troubetzkoy (A Brief History of the Crimean War) seeks to explain why this lure is so strong. He starts with Pytheas, a fourth-century B.C.E ... Read full review

ARCTIC OBSESSION: The Lure of the Far North

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A boisterous survey of those answering the Siren call of the North Pole.Troubetzkoy (A Brief History of the Crimean War, 2006, etc.) proceeds roughly chronologically as he follows dozens of explorers ... Read full review

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Who Is She?
Earliest Explorations
Eastern Thrusts to Cathay
First Western Thrusts 4 The Hudson Tragedy
A Dane at Hudson
Russians in the Arctic
The Franklin Tragedy
Americans of the Arctic
The Scandinavians
Canary in the Cage
People and Politics

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ALEXIS S. TROUBETZKOY was born in Paris, France of a Russian princely family. He is the author of Imperial Legend and of A Brief History of the Crimean War. He is a member of Association of Russian-American Scholars in the U.S.A. He resides in Toronto.

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