Arctic Obsession: the Lure of the Far North

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Dundurn, Jan 1, 2011 - History - 306 pages

More than an account of the human delusion and fortitude in penetrating one of the most inhospitable areas of the world, Arctic Obsession goes beyond the gripping history of northern exploration, of the searches for the Northwest and Northeast Passages.

From early medieval times to the twenty-first century, what has been the beguiling attraction of the North? What manner of men were they who boldly ventured into those hostile and unpredictable regions, scores never to return home, swallowed up by the merciless north.

Today's Arctic is developing into tomorrows hot spot. Arctic Obsession dwells on contemporary issues besetting the most fragile part of our globe global warming and environmental, ecological and geo-political concerns. The book also provides an overview of the entire Arctic region, from Canada, Russia, and Alaska to Greenland, Iceland, and the North Sea.

 

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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

Contents

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Alexis S. Troubetzkoy, the scion of a Russian princely family, has served as executive director of the Tolstoy Foundation and as the Russian representative for the International Orthodox Christian Charities. He is the author of "Imperial Legend, the Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I" and "A Brief History of the Crimean War." He lives in Toronto.

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