The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic World

The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic World

by Robert McGhee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195183681

ISBN-13: 9780195183689

Pub. Date: 05/15/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Sea ice and the midnight sun, flaming aurora and endless winter night - the arctic of traveler's tales and romantic novels is the unattainable dream of a vast and desolate world - the last imaginary place on Earth." Now, in this volume, renowned archeologist Robert McGhee lifts the veil to reveal the true Arctic. Combining anthropology, history, and personal memoir,…  See more details below

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"Sea ice and the midnight sun, flaming aurora and endless winter night - the arctic of traveler's tales and romantic novels is the unattainable dream of a vast and desolate world - the last imaginary place on Earth." Now, in this volume, renowned archeologist Robert McGhee lifts the veil to reveal the true Arctic. Combining anthropology, history, and personal memoir, this book dispels romanticized notions of the Arctic as a world apart, exotic and isolated, revealing a land far more fascinating than we had imagined. McGhee paints a vivid portrait of the movement of Viking farmers across the North Atlantic islands, and of the long and arduous searches for sea-passages to Asia. We meet the fur-traders who pioneered European expansion across the northern forests of Canada and Siberia, the whalers and ivory-hunters who ravaged northern seas, and patriotic explorers racing to reach the North Pole. Most important, McGhee offers far more coverage of the native peoples of the Arctic, societies that other histories usually neglect. We discover how northerners have learned to exploit a rich "hunter's world" where game is, contrary to our expectations, far easier to find than in more temperate lands. McGhee takes us to a thousand-year-old Tuniit campsite perfectly preserved in the Arctic cold, follows the entrepreneurial Inuit as they cross the Arctic in search of metal, and reveals the dangers that native people face today from industrial pollution and global warming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195183689
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/15/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude : an Arctic vision7
1After the Ice Age11
2A distant paradise : the Arctic in ancient thought20
3A hunter's world34
4In Arctic Siberia56
5Vikings and Arctic farmers : the Norse Atlantic saga74
6Inuit102
7Ice and death on the Northeast Passage130
8Martin Frobisher's gold mines153
9The rape of Spitsbergen173
10Bay of tragedy190
11Frozen glory216
12The peoples' land240
13An Arctic journey272

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