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The Cambridge History of the Polar Regions

By: Adrian Howkins(Editor), Peder Roberts(Editor)
650 pages
The Cambridge History of the Polar Regions
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  • The Cambridge History of the Polar Regions ISBN: 9781108429931 Hardback May 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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The Cambridge History of the Polar Regions is a landmark collection drawing together the history of the Arctic and Antarctica from the earliest times to the present. Structured as a series of thematic chapters, an international team of scholars offer a range of perspectives from environmental history, the history of science and exploration, cultural history, and the more traditional approaches of political, social, economic, and imperial history. The volume considers the centrality of Indigenous experience and the urgent need to build action in the present on a thorough understanding of the past. Using historical research based on methods ranging from archives and print culture to archaeology and oral histories, these essays provide fresh analyses of the discovery of Antarctica, the disappearance of Sir John Franklin, the fate of the Norse colony in Greenland, the origins of the Antarctic Treaty, and much more. This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of our planet.


1. Introduction / Peder Roberts and Adrian Howkins
2. “I watch to see how the land is changing”: An Inuit perspective on changing environments and cultural resilience in the western Canadian Arctic / George Angohiatok, Bryan Vandenbrink, Ian Hogg, and Thomas McIlwraith
3. The evolution of the Antarctic continent and its ice sheet / Martin Siegert and Andrew Fountain
4. The initial peopling of the circumpolar north / Bjarne Grønnow
5. Archaeology, politics, and Sámi heritage / Carl-Gösta Ojala
6. The Norse settlement of Greenland / Jette Arneborg
7. Russia, the first Arctic empire, 1000–1917 / Ryan Tucker Jones, Alexei Kraikovski, and Julia Lajus
8. The discovery of Antarctica from Ptolemy to Shackleton / Cornelia Lüdecke and Erki Tammiksaar
9. Sir John Franklin and the Northwest Passage in myth and memory / Russell A. Potter
10. The heroic age of Antarctic exploration, 1890 to the present / Stephanie Barczewski
11. Representing the polar regions through historical fiction / Elizabeth Leane
12. Geography, anthropology, and Arctic knowledge-making / Richard C. Powell
13. Britain's polar empire, 1769–1982 / Daniella McCahey
14. Canada and the high Arctic islands, 1880–1950 / Janice Cavell
15. The genesis of the Spitsbergen/Svalbard Treaty, 1871–1920 / Roald Berg
16. Industrial whaling in the Arctic and Antarctic / Bjørn L. Basberg and Louwrens Hacquebord
17. A historical archaeology of the first Antarctic labourers (nineteenth century) / Melisa A. Salerno, M. Jimena Cruz, and Andrés Zarankin
18. Mining and colonialism in the circumpolar north / Henrik Knudsen, Arn Keeling, and John Sandlos
19. Creating the Soviet Arctic, 1917–1991 / Andy Bruno and Ekaterina Kalemeneva
20. Greenland: From colony to self-government, 1721–2021 / Jens Heinrich
21. Cold War environmental knowledge in the polar regions / Stephen Bocking and Pey-Yi Chu
22. The international geophysical year and the Antarctic treaty system / Klaus Dodds
23. The first century of US militarization in Alaska, 1867–1967 / Matthew Farish
24. Petroleum development and the state in Arctic North America, 1919–1977 / Philip A. Wight
25. The rise of circumpolar political movements / Mark Nuttall
26. The history of polar environmental governance / Alessandro Antonello and Justiina Dahl
27. The Antarctic extension of Latin America / Pablo Fontana
28. Moving muskoxen as an Arctic resource in the twentieth century / Dolly Jørgensen
29. Boundaries of place and time at the edge of the polar oceans / Hayley Brazier and Mark Carey
30. Restorying from within: Renewing relationships beyond the shadows of polar history / Jackie Price, Rebecca Mearns, and Emilie Cameron
31. Conclusion / Liza Piper and Lize-Marié van der Watt

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Adrian Howkins is a Reader in Environmental History at the University of Bristol. Peder Roberts is an Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Stavanger and a Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

- Peder Roberts
- Adrian Howkin
- George Angohiatok
- Bryan Vandenbrink
- Ian Hogg
- Thomas McIlwraith
- Martin Siegert
- Andrew Fountain
- Bjarne Grønnow
- Carl-Gösta Ojala
- Jette Arneborg
- Ryan Tucker Jones
- Alexei Kraikovski
- Julia Lajus
- Cornelia Lüdecke
- Erki Tammiksaar
- Russell A. Potter
- Stephanie Barczewski
- Elizabeth Leane
- Richard C. Powell
- Daniella McCahey
- Janice Cavell
- Roald Berg
- Bjørn L. Basberg
- Louwrens Hacquebord
- Melisa A. Salerno
- M. Jimena Cruz
- Andrés Zarankin
- Henrik Knudsen
- Arn Keeling
- John Sandlos
- Andy Bruno
- Ekaterina Kalemeneva
- Jens Heinrich
- Stephen Bocking
- Pey-Yi Chu
- Klaus Dodds
- Matthew Farish
- Philip A. Wight
- Mark Nuttall
- Alessandro Antonello
- Justiina Dahl
- Pablo Fontana
- Dolly Jørgensen
- Hayley Brazier
- Mark Carey
- Jackie Price
- Rebecca Mearns
- Emilie Cameron
- Liza Piper
- Lize-Marié van der Watt

By: Adrian Howkins(Editor), Peder Roberts(Editor)
650 pages
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