Book ID: CBB107300895

The Polar Regions: An Environmental History (2015)


Howkins, Adrian John (Author)

Polity Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 248
Language: English

The environmental histories of the Arctic and Antarctica are characterised by contrast and contradiction. These are places that have witnessed some of the worst environmental degradation in recent history. But they are also the locations of some of the most farsighted measures of environmental protection. They are places where people have sought to conquer nature through exploration and economic development, but in many ways they remain wild and untamed. They are the coldest places on Earth, yet have come to occupy an important role in the science and politics of global warming. Despite being located at opposite ends of the planet and being significantly different in many ways, Adrian Howkins argues that the environmental histories of the Arctic and Antarctica share much in common and have often been closely connected. This book also argues that the Polar Regions are strongly linked to the rest of the world, both through physical processes and through intellectual and political themes. As places of inherent contradiction, the Polar Regions have much to contribute to the way we think about environmental history and the environment more generally.

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Authors & Contributors
Sörlin, Sverker
Dean, Katrina
Seigert, Martin
Turchetti, Simone
Naylor, Simon
Howkins, Adrian John
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
British Journal for the History of Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Museum History Journal
Australian Journal of Politics and History
Ashgate Publishing
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Reaktion Books
University of California, Irvine
Travel; exploration
Scientific expeditions
Science and politics
Science and culture
Nansen, Fridtjof
Amundsen, Roald
Bernier, J. E.
Stalin, Joseph
Scott, Robert Falcon
Shackleton, Ernest Henry
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
Polar regions
Arctic regions
Great Britain
International Geophysical Year (IGY)
National Maritime Museum (Great Britain)

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