Bellingshausen and the Russian Antarctic Expedition, 1819-21

Hardcover | March 25, 2014

byRip Bulkeley

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This book examines the little studied story of Bellingshausen, and includes the fullest biography of the celebrated Russian explorer ever published. By translating the official reports and other eye-witness documents from the first scientific expedition to the Antarctic of the nineteenth century, conducted 47 years after James Cook's pioneering venture in the 1770s, Bulkeley transports the reader onto HIMS Vostok, one of the most celebrated ships in the history of the Russian Navy. While her seamen marvel at the aurora and her astronomer is nearly blown overboard in a storm, her intrepid commander tacks his ship between the ice floes in zero visibility, with only the menacing sound of the breakers to guide him. The largely unknown history of the Bellingshausen voyage is comprehensively explored, with thoughtful discussion of the achievements and limitations of the expedition and suggestions for further research.

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This book examines the little studied story of Bellingshausen, and includes the fullest biography of the celebrated Russian explorer ever published. By translating the official reports and other eye-witness documents from the first scientific expedition to the Antarctic of the nineteenth century, conducted 47 years after James Cook's p...

Rip Bulkeley lives in Oxford, UK, and has written studies of the arms race, the space race, and international scientific cooperation. He is a member of British Pugwash, the Hakluyt Society, and the History Expert Group of ICSU's Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. He has published several articles in Polar Record, and contribu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.4 × 5.7 × 1 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230363261

ISBN - 13:9780230363267

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Ian R. Stone
Preface
Acknowledgements and sources
Chronology
List of abbreviations
PART I: IMPERIAL QUEST
1. Port Jackson, 1820
2. The Commander
3. Southward Ho
4. Wanted on Voyage
PART II: REPORTS
Translator's Note
5. First Season: December 1819 – September 1820
6. Second Season: November 1820 - August 1821
7. The Able Seaman
8. The Astronomer
9. The Lieutenant
10. Other Witnesses
11. Homecoming
PART III: FINDINGS
12. Achievements
13. Future Research
14. Afterwords
Appendices 1-6
Glossary