Ultima Thulé: Explorers and Natives of the Polar North

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - History - 399 pages
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Ultima Thule is the terrible and yet fantastic story of European and American exploration in the polar north. Based on excerpts from the explorers' logs counterbalanced by Inuit testimony, it brings to life both sides of the clash that arose when white men arrived in the Far North, dreaming of conquest and believing that they brought with them a civilization superior to that of the indigenous peoples they found. Today, the outlook for the Inuit and the polar environment is bleak: the people and their landscape are in danger of disappearing for good. But according to Jean Malaurie, the situation is not altogether without hope.

Heavily illustrated with period photographs, engravings, artifacts, and drawings, the book gives the readers the impression of having an entire museum of North Pole history in their hands.
 

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Polar explorer Malaurie has written extensively on the North Pole, previously authoring Call of the North and the best-selling The Last Kings of Thule. Here he provides further understanding of ... Read full review

Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS
7
CAPTAIN JOHN ROSS
15
SIR JOHN FRANKLIN
49
CAPTAIN EDWARD AUGUSTUS INGLE FIELD
58
ELISHA KENT KANE
75
ISAAC ISRAEL HAYES
83
THE LAST MIGRATION OF THE INUIT
106
GEORGE STRONG NARES
129
LUDVIG MYLIUSERICHSEN
243
PETER FREUCHEN
255
LORD EDWARD SHACKLETON
317
erik holtved
323
jean malaurie
333
the fantasy world of the inuit
370
thule 2000
382
INDEX
397

BARON NILS ADOLF ERIK NORDENSKjOLD
153
ADMIRAL ROBERT EDWIN PEARY
175

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Jean Malaurie, an Arctic explorer since the age of twenty-six, spent a year sharing the daily life of the Inuit in 1950. Today he lives in Paris and is the author of several books on the polar regions.

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