The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 12, 2012

byKlaus Dodds

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The Antarctic is one the most hostile natural environments in the world. It is an extraordinary physical space, which changes significantly in shape and size with the passing of the seasons. Politically, it is unique as it contains one of the few areas of continental space not claimed by anynation-state. Scientifically, the continental ice sheet has provided us with vital evidence about the Earth's past climate. In this Very Short Introduction, Klaus Dodds provides a modern account of Antarctica, highlighting the main issues facing the continent today. Looking at how the Antarctic has been explored and represented in the last hundred years, Dodds considers the main exploratory and scientific achievementsof the region. He explains how processes such as globalization mean that the Antarctic is increasingly involved in a wider circuit of ideas, goods, people, trade, and governance - all of which have an impact on the future of the region.

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The Antarctic is one the most hostile natural environments in the world. It is an extraordinary physical space, which changes significantly in shape and size with the passing of the seasons. Politically, it is unique as it contains one of the few areas of continental space not claimed by anynation-state. Scientifically, the continental...

Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London and a Visiting Fellow at St Cross College, University of Oxford. He is editor of The Geographical Journal and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is the author and editor of a number of books including the Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (OU...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:July 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019969768X

ISBN - 13:9780199697687

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Defining the Antarctic2. Discovering the Antarctic3. Claiming and negotiating the Antarctic4. Governing the Antarctic5. Doing Antarctic science6. Exploiting and protecting the AntarcticFurther readingIndex