Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North

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Dundurn, Apr 6, 2011 - History - 304 pages
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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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User Review  - Margaret Atwater-Singer - Book Verdict

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

Contents

The Arctic Who Is She?
11
Earliest Explorations
21
Eastern Thrusts to Cathay
39
First Western Thrust
63
The Hudson Tragedy
83
A Dane at Hudson Bay
105
Russians in the Arctic
125
The Franklin Tragedy
153
The Scandinavians
211
Canary in the Cage
241
People and Politics
261
Acknowledgements
277
Notes
279
Bibliography
289
Index
297
Back Cover
305

Americans of the Arctic
181

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Alexis S. Troubetzkoy, born in France of a Russian princely family, is the author of a number of books on Russia, including Imperial Legend: The Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I, A Brief History of the Crimean War, and Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North. He lives in Toronto.

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