Bringing Geography to Book

Tauris Historical Geography

Book 4
I.B.Tauris
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The publication of Ellen Semple’s 'Influences of Geographic Environment' in 1911 - a treatise on what would later be called environmental determinism - coincided with the emergence of geography as an independent academic discipline in North America and Britain. A controversial text written by one of America’s first female professional geographers, it exerted an important but varied influence on generations of geographers. Some considered it a monument to Semple’s scholarship and erudition - a timely manifesto for a scientific approach to human geography. For others, it was conceptually flawed. Accepted by some, repudiated by others, 'Influences' was lauded and criticized in almost equal measure. Innes M. Keighren examines the different reactions to Semple’s book. He explains why 'Influences' was encountered differently by different people, at different times and in different places, and reveals why the book aroused the passions it did. Attending to archival records, personal correspondence, published reviews, provenance and marginalia, the author traces a geography of the book’s reception and outlines the contribution geography can make to understanding the way knowledge and ideas, in the guise of the printed text, are conceived, transmitted and received. The result is a pioneering work that provides a wholesale re-visioning of the way in which geographical knowledge is disseminated.
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About the author

Innes M. Keighren was until recently Research Associate at the Institute of Geography and the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh. He is now Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Publisher
I.B.Tauris
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Published on
Aug 31, 2010
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9780857718471
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Great Britain / General
History / Historical Geography
History / North America
Science / Earth Sciences / Geography
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On the 2 March 1899 the British flag was hoisted on the Antarctic continent. The event - recorded in the first ever photograph taken on Antarctica - claimed possession on behalf of the British crown. A century later, 14,000 feet beneath the North Pole, a mini-submarine attached to a nuclear-powered ice breaker affixed the Russian flag to the Arctic seabed, and 213 miles above the Earth a Chinese astronaut waved the flag of the People’s Republic. For many the dawn of the twentieth century ushered in what Joseph Conrad called ‘Geography Triumphant’, an era where the world map had few if any blank spaces left to discover and the figure of the lone explorer motivated by a noble quest for knowledge and adventure was banished for ever. The age of exploration was supposedly dead. New Spaces of Exploration challenges this assumption. Focussing specifically on exploration in the twentieth century the authors demonstrate how new technologies and changing geopolitical configurations have ensured that exploration has remained a key feature of our rapidly globalizing world. New Spaces of Exploration brings together scholars from a wide range of backgrounds - including historical, political, and cultural geography, history of science, cultural studies, art and cartography - to explore the spaces and politics of exploration over the past hundred years. Ranging widely in their geographical focus - from Europe and Asia to Australia, and from the polar regions to outer space - they demonstrate the increasing diversity of modern exploration and reveal the continuing political, military, industrial and cultural motivations at play. The result is a major contribution to our understanding of the significance of exploration in the twentieth century. Contributors: E. Baigent, C. Collis, K. Dodds, F. Driver, M. Godwin, J. Hill, F. Korsmo, F. MacDonald, S. Naylor, J. Ryan, N. Thomas, K. Yusoff.
New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores.

James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever."

The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice—a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

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