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Two Years Below the Horn

Operation Tabarin, Field Science, and Antarctic Sovereignty, 1944-1946

by Andrew Taylor, edited by Daniel Heidt & Whitney Lackenbauer, read by Speechki
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook Hardcover
tagged: expeditions & discoveries, polar regions, world war ii

 

In Two Years Below the Horn, engineer Andrew Taylor vividly recounts his experiences and accomplishments during Operation Tabarin, a landmark British expedition to Antarctica to establish sovereignty and conduct science during the Second World War. When mental strain led the operation’s first commander to resign, Taylor—a military engineer wit …

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Antarctic Pioneer

The Trailblazing Life of Jackie Ronne

by Joanna Kafarowski
edition: eBook
tagged: adventurers & explorers, women, polar regions, expeditions & discoveries

Jackie Ronne reclaims her rightful place in polar history as the first American woman in Antarctica.

Jackie was an ordinary American woman whose life changed after a blind date with rugged Antarctic explorer Finn Ronne. After marrying, they began planning the 1946–1948 Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition. Her participation was not welcomed by the …

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In Those Days: Inuit and Explorers

by Kenn Harper
edition: eBook
tagged: polar regions, sociology of religion, native american

In the fifth volume of the In Those Days: Collected Writings on Arctic History series, Kenn Harper shares tales of European explorers who came to the Arctic seeking adventure, riches, and the elusive Northwest Passage, and Inuit they encountered there. Inuit were invaluable in adding to Western knowledge of the Arctic, serving as guides, clothing-m …

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The Joint Arctic Weather Stations

Science and Sovereignty in the High Arctic, 1946-1972

by Daniel Heidt & P. Whitney Lackenbauer
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged: polar regions, meteorology & climatology, social history

This is the first systematic account of the Joint Arctic Weather Stations (JAWS), a collaborative science program between Canada and the United States that created a distinctive state presence in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago from 1946-1972. These five meteorological stations, constructed at Eureka, Resolute, Isachsen, Mould Bay, and Alert, becam …

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Polar Opposites

Shackleton, Stefansson and the End of the Heroic Age

by John Geiger
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), polar regions, expeditions & discoveries

Polar Opposites is the extraordinary story about the fierce competition between two of the world’s most famous explorers – Sir Ernest Shackleton and Vilhjalmur Stefansson – at the very end of the Heroic Age of polar exploration.

In 1921, the two explorers competed for Canadian government support to mount an Arctic expedition with the goal of d …

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In Those Days: Shamans, Spirits, and Faith in the Inuit North

by Kenn Harper
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: polar regions, sociology of religion, native american

In this new collection, Kenn Harper shares tales of Inuit and Christian beliefs and how these came to coexist—and sometimes clash—in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. During this period, Anglican and Catholic missionaries came to the North to proselytize among the Inuit, with often unexpected and sometimes tragic results. This collection …

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The Ancestors Are Happy

True Tales of the Arctic

by David F. Pelly
edition: Paperback
tagged: polar regions, indigenous studies

The Ancestors Are Happy is a masterfully woven tapestry portraying a landscape of stories, which also offers a compilation of personal tales from Inuit informants whose lives collectively span the 20th century, a period of remarkable transition for the North. It draws on the author’s experiences and encounters over forty years of living, travelli …

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What I Remember, What I Know

The Life of a High Arctic Exile

by Larry Audlaluk
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: native americans, historical, polar regions

Larry Audlaluk was born in Uugaqsiuvik, a traditional settlement west of Inujjuak in northern Quebec, or Nunavik. He was almost three years old when his family was chosen by the government to be one of seven Inuit families relocated from Nunavik to the High Arctic in the early 1950s.They were promised a land of plenty. They were given an inhospitab …

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