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Lines in the Ice asks why Europeans have for so long been drawn to the Arctic, following the course of major journeys to the region, assessing the impact of this on the North's indigenous communities and revealing how important this exploration has been in making the modern world. As well as drawing out this rich and vivid history, the book focuses on the beauty the Arctic has created by inspiring those who live in the landscape or have spent their lives exploring it. It is richly illustrated throughout with topographical views, innovative photography and particularly maps. The first section, 'Blank Spaces?', uncovers the deep history of European interest in the Arctic, and the ways its rare tradable goods and mineral riches have long drawn explorers into contact with indigenous people. The central section charts 18th- and 19th-century attempts to trace a route through the Arctic ice. In a final section, the author asks how the Arctic's history influences the present. Using Cold War maps, historic photographs and modern scientific models, they draw out the links between exploration and climate change, as well as examining how this changing landscape affects today's Arctic communities and global politics.
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Lines in the Ice has many wonderful stories to tell . . . some will provoke admiration . . . other tales drip with poignancy . . . Hatfield draws on a rich legacy of artefacts, images, maps and writings, many from the collections of the British Library, and there are some real treats. --Jon Wright, Geographical November 2016
Until now, no single book has so richly brought together all the historical, cultural, and geographical aspects of the frozen zone. --The Arctic Book Review
Paintings, sketches, photographs and maps bring this history to life in ways words cannot. For this reason alone, it is absolutely essential for Arctic obsessives everywhere. --Alaska Dispatch News
Philip Hatfield is Lead Curator of Digital Mapping at the British Library, where he was previously Curator of Canadian Studies
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Book Description The British Library Publishing Division, 2016. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 256 pages. 11.10x8.98x1.10 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0712356061