Empire Antarctica

Author: Gavin Francis
Editor: Catapult
ISBN: 1619022591
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“It is difficult to read this engaging memoir without a smile on one’s face . . . moments of sheer joy . . . [a] mesmerizing and memorable book.” —The Economist Chosen as a Book of the Year by the Scotsman, the Financial Times, and the Sunday Herald Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition when he spent fourteen months as the basecamp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research station on the Caird Coast of Antarctica—so remote that it is said to be easier to evacuate a casualty from the International Space Station than it is to bring someone out of Halley in winter. Antarctica offered a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and a rare opportunity to live among emperor penguins, the only species truly at home in the Antarctic. Following penguins throughout the year—from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness—Francis explores the world of great beauty conjured from the simplest of elements, the hardship of below-zero temperatures and the unexpected comfort that the penguin community brings. Empire Antarctica is the story of one man’s fascination with the world’s loneliest continent, and the emperor penguins who weather the winter with him. Includes maps and illustrations “Part travelogue, part memoir, part natural history book, a fascinating, lyrical account of one of the strangest places on earth and its majestic inhabitants.” —Esquire “Highly readable, enjoyable . . . the author writes vividly of auroras, clouds, stars, sunlight, darkness, ice and snow . . . A literate, stylish memoir of personal adventure rich in history, geography and science.” —Kirkus Reviews

Antarctica The Empire Of Whiteness

Author: Florentin Smarandache
Editor: Infinite Study
ISBN: 1599733846
Size: 12,17 MB
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This album is a photolog of a cruise made by the author with the ship “Plancius” in the empire of whiteness, which is Antarctica. Photos and text by Florentin Smarandache.

Antarctica As Cultural Critique

Author: E. Glasberg
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137014431
Size: 18,78 MB
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Arguing that Antarctica is the most mediated place on earth and thus an ideal location for testing the limits of bio-political management of population and place, this book remaps national and postcolonial methods and offers a new look on a 'forgotten' continent now the focus of ecological concern.

The Evil Empire

Author: Steven A. Grasse
Editor: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781594741739
Size: 16,16 MB
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They invented slums. They invented child labor. They put Saddam Hussein in power. They burned Joan of Arc at the stake, and they enslaved the globe to get their tea fix. We're talking about England, of course, and the terrible evils they've set loose on the world. In The Evil Empire, American author Steven Grasse documents the 101 worst atrocities of Mother England everything from foxhunting to the invention of the concentration camp. With an irreverent mix of historical facts, smart commentary, and red-blooded American arrogance, Grasse offers a devastating critique of the country that gave us the machine gun, factory labor, and the metric system. Publishing just in time for the Queen's birthday (April 21), The Evil Empire is essential reading for true-blue Americans and others oppressed by the English throughout history.

An Empire Of Ice

Author: Edward J. Larson
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300159765
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning author examines South Pole expeditions, “wrapping the science in plenty of dangerous drama to keep readers engaged” (Booklist). An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration—placing the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Recounting the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century, the author reveals the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose of these legendary adventures, Edward J. Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers’ achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about. “Rather than recounting the story of the race to the pole chronologically, Larson concentrates on various scientific disciplines (like meteorology, glaciology and paleontology) and elucidates the advances made by the polar explorers . . . Covers a lot of ground—science, politics, history, adventure.” —The New York Times Book Review


Author: David Day
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199861455
Size: 20,29 MB
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Explains the history of Antarctica, focusing on the explorers and sailors drawn to the continent, the scientific investigations that have taken place there, and the geopolitical implications of the landmass.

Who Owns The World

Author: Kevin Cahill
Size: 19,29 MB
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Who Owns the World is the first ever compilation of landowners and landownership structures in every single one of the world's 191 states and 41 territories. The book is divided into two parts: the first covers the history of landownership as far as written history will allow, while the second shows the division of landownership in every region of the world. Packed with revelatory information, the book: · identifies the person who owns the largest proportion of the world's land and documents their landholdings; · provides details of the next 50 top landowners and lists the next 1,000 thereafter; · reveals the 100 most prominent aristocratic families who own over 60 per cent of Europe's land mass and who receive most of the EC's agricultural subsidy allowance; · documents the vast landholdings of the four largest religious groups: the Catholic Church and the other Christian churches, the Islamic trusts and the temple possessions of the Hindus and Buddhists; · details in a special individual section the lands owned by the British Commonwealth; · contains a complete survey of the historic record of landownership, starting in Mesopotamia/Iraq in 8,000 BC; · lists many of the world's great Domesdays, going back to the earliest in Ptolemaic Egypt; and · includes an analysis of the legal structures that have reduced 95 per cent of the earth's population to serfdom. Who Owns the World is a breathtaking tome of huge political, economic and social importance. It is set to revolutionise our understanding of our planet, its history and its land.

The Oxford History Of The British Empire Volume Iv The Twentieth Century

Author: Judith Brown
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191647365
Size: 16,24 MB
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The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recent scholarship and the progressive opening of historical records. From the founding of colonies in North America and the West Indies in the seventeenth century to the reversion of Hong Kong to China at the end of the twentieth, British imperialism was a catalyst for far-reaching change. The Oxford History of the British Empire as a comprehensive study allows us to understand the end of Empire in relation to its beginnings, the meaning of British imperialism for the ruled as well as the rulers, and the significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history. Volume IV considers many aspects of the 'imperial experience' in the final years of the British Empire, culminating in the mid-century's rapid processes of decolonization. It seeks to understand the men who managed the empire, their priorities and vision, and the mechanisms of control and connection which held the empire together. There are chapters on imperial centres, on the geographical 'periphery' of empire, and on all its connecting mechanisms, including institutions and the flow of people, money, goods, and services. The volume also explores the experience of 'imperial subjects' - in terms of culture, politics, and economics; an experience which culminated in the growth of vibrant, often new, national identities and movements and, ultimately, new nation-states. It concludes with the processes of decolonization which reshaped the political map of the late twentieth-century world.

De Scribing Empire

Author: Alan Lawson
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134846053
Size: 16,83 MB
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De-Scribing Empire is a stunning collection of first-class essays. Collectively they examine the formative role of books, writing and textuality in imperial control and the fashioning of colonial world-views. The volume as a whole puts forward strategies for understanding and neutralising that control, and as such is a major contribution to the field. It will be invaluable for students in post-colonialist criticism.


Author: John Stewart
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786435906
Size: 12,53 MB
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This second edition of the 1990 Library Journal “Best Reference” book, four years in the compiling and writing, is an exhaustive A–Z direct-entry encyclopedia of Antarctica. It doubles the first edition’s entries to 30,000, covering geographical features, historical events, explorers, expeditions, airplanes, ships, scientists, scientific stations, tour operators, scientific terms, birds, animals, insects, flora, items of general interest and much more. “Antarctica” is defined as all land and water south of 60°S. Information for geographical features is drawn primarily from national gazetteers, both current and old, and is not limited to English–language sources. Extensive cross-referencing simplifies the continent’s often bewildering nomenclature—geographical features’ names, for example, may vary widely from one national gazetteer to the next, and are further complicated by having been named and renamed multiple times, and in many languages, through the years. All linguistic variations of placenames are included and cross-referenced.