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eBook A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World ePub

by Juha Nurminen,Matti Lainema

  • ISBN: 1844860698
  • Category: World
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Juha Nurminen,Matti Lainema
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Conway; First UK Edition edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Pages: 352
  • ePub book: 1796 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1333 kb
  • Other: azw mbr txt mobi
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 714

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The period of Arctic exploration covers almost 2500 years, starting with the Greek, Pytheas of Massalia (Marseilles) in 320 .

The period of Arctic exploration covers almost 2500 years, starting with the Greek, Pytheas of Massalia (Marseilles) in 320 . who made a voyage to a land north of Britain that he called 'Thule. Unfortunately, his writings have been lost and there is much speculation as to whether Pytheas voyaged to Iceland, the Shetlands, or possibly northern Norway.

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Juha Nurminen is head of the Nurminen Foundation in Helsinki. He has published several maritime works, and put on related exhibitions. He has been a co-writer of The History of Seafaring, The Routes of the Sea, The Northeast Passage, and Mare Balticum. By: Matti Lainema(Author), Juha Nurminen(Author). 349 pages, 320 colour & b/w photos, illustrations, and maps. Publisher: Conway Maritime Press. Bestsellers in Biography, Exploration & Travel.

A History of Arctic Exploration : Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World

A History of Arctic Exploration : Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World. by Juha Nurminen and Matti Lainema.

With the character of the Arctic in a dramatic state of flux, and arguments over sovereignty once again rising to the surface, it is timely that a history of the exploration of this remote region be published

With the character of the Arctic in a dramatic state of flux, and arguments over sovereignty once again rising to the surface, it is timely that a history of the exploration of this remote region be published.

Author(s): Lainema, Matti & Juha Nurminen.

Juha Nurminen, Matti Lainema. As global warming melts polar ice and opens northern seaways, a book on Arctic exploration couldna?t be timelier. This one fills the bill in grand style.

Now we have a history of the region on a suitable scale. A comprehensive narrative stretching from the voyage of Pytheas the Massilia, the first to record reaching the edge of the ice, to the moment a Russian icebreaker arrived at the North Pole in 1991 is interleaved with a study of the development of polar cartography, and illustrated to the highest standards.

Lainema, Matti; Juha Nurminen (2009). A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-84486-069-2. Mills, William James (2003). Exploring Polar Frontiers: A Historical Encyclopedia. 247. ISBN 9781576074220.

With contributions from 30 of the top designers, showcasing their amazing works and delving into their craft, this book will awe and inspire you.

With contributions from 30 of the top designers, showcasing their amazing works and delving into their craft, this book will awe and inspire you.

As global warming melts polar ice and opens northern seaways, a book on Arctic exploration couldn’t be timelier. This one fills the bill in grand style. Filled with rare illustrations, it tells stories of triumph and tragedy in the search for the fabled Northwest Passage and the race for the North Pole. Along with familiar explorers, including Captain Cook, Amundsen, and Byrd, it introduces readers to the men behind the names on the map, such as Barents and Bering, as well as unfamiliar but equally important navigators, such as Franklin, Cheluskin, and Nordenskiold.

Comments

Cenneel Cenneel
This book is simply beautiful. The authors provide a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the history of Arctic Exploration. I am ordering the Juha's Seafaring book as well. I found the book to be refreshing while offering fresh ideas and analysis of a large body of knowledge. I found the speculation to be spot on and cross analysis of Juha's cartographic knowledge with Matti's Orienteering, I believe led them to correct presumptions. It would be wonderful if they did another volume on antarctic exploration as well. I am very pleased with this purchase. They succeeded at bringing a lot of content together and it is a pleasure to read. This would be a good compliment to "The Arctic Grail", "Farthest North", or Dava Sobel's "Longitude". This book is a great cure for those of us with the armchair arctic fever. It does good job scratching old theories and awaking new excitement for something you thought you knew. It would be my guess that the authors both posses the D4DR gene.

Writing this book could only have come from a true love of the subject matter. Bravo gentlemen! If you ever offer a Easton Press edition I would be happy to buy again.

Grab it before it's gone.
Feri Feri
Really great book but was hoping for more in depth information about explorers from 1875 to 1925. Very informative otherwise though with great illustrations. Glad I purchased,
Nalme Nalme
This is a classic. An amazing book, packed with outstanding illustrations and maps,most of them in color.
Highly recommended !
Lianeni Lianeni
After reaidng most of the available expedition reports available of the diferent expeditions to Antarctica this books is a great summary !
Lanadrta Lanadrta
Maps, maps, maps!!! I go to sleep with this book every night!! If you have a fan in your family of history, exploration, maps... you have to get them this book.
Garr Garr
recommended for those interested in a historical perspective on arctic exploration.
Windworker Windworker
This oversized book (I think it weighs about ten pounds), published by the John Nurminen Foundation has a forward by Lennart Meri, President of the Republic of Estonia (1992 - 2001). It is a serious, well-illustrated (especially with maps) history of the explorers, traders, and scientists who brought back their stories of the polar lands to those of us who live in more temperate regions.

The period of Arctic exploration covers almost 2500 years, starting with the Greek, Pytheas of Massalia (Marseilles) in 320 B.C. who made a voyage to a land north of Britain that he called 'Thule.' Unfortunately, his writings have been lost and there is much speculation as to whether Pytheas voyaged to Iceland, the Shetlands, or possibly northern Norway. Pytheas described both the midnight sun and something called a 'congealed sea' which modern explorers such as Fridtjof Nansen believed to be pack ice.

The authors also discuss "The Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic--The Real Conquerors of the Polar Circle." Animals found above the tree line are also mentioned: "some 600 species of insect thrive in the polar circle; some of them, like the mosquito, make an indelible impression on visitors."

That's one way of putting it.

The drawings of Eskimos by the early European explorers are especially interesting. One of them depicts an Eskimo with a wooden leg, made by a ship's carpenter.

The Vikings have a chapter of their own, although they are criticized for their lack of map-making skills. Most of the information on their exploration of the Polar Regions survives in the Sagas and a few other written sources.

We are less than half-way through "A History of Arctic Exploration" when the Pope divided the world into two: "Spain was given the western half and Portugal the eastern" in the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494. The English, Dutch, and French, who were shut out of the rich trade with China and East India, attempted to find a route to these rich lands over the top of North America, through a 'Northwest Passage' or over the top of Asia, through a 'Northeast Passage.'

The riches of the East, and the political machinations of a pope were the first true incentives for the European exploration of the far North.

Later on, whalers took advantage of the riches of the Arctic and continued the exploration of this region. As the fur trade expanded ever northward, expeditions began to be made by land, opening up the way to the Arctic Coast. Maps began to show more and more detail of the lands to the west and north of Hudson Bay. Franklin's disastrous expedition gets a whole chapter to itself.

The latter part of this incredibly rich book narrates the race to the North Pole, and the voyage of the 'Gjøa,' which was the first vessel to sail across the top of North America in 1906. The airplane changed the face of Arctic exploration and one by one, put to rest the rumors of polar lands such as 'Keenan Land.'

Nowadays, "even the ordinary tourist can reach the Pole. In 1991 the Russian atomically powered ice-breaker 'Sojus' took tourists to the North Pole for the first time."

This book is the next-best way to make that incredible journey for yourself.
He who will honour his native land - to win glory for his country!
Those who lived this credo are depicted herewith.

The book glosses blithely over the histories of the mythical North.
The Viking, Erik the Red, the navigators Barents and Bering and the
explorers: Nordenskiold, Nansen, Amundsen, Peary, Cook, Franklin and
Chelyuskin are all here. Also, stories of the indigenous people,
of course.

There are excellent illustrations from many sources within the covers. Arctic exploration history described at its Zenith:
here in this book!

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland