The Last Great Quest: Captain Scotts Antarctic Sacrifice

Paperback | December 13, 2004

byMax Jones

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Scott's last Antarctic expedition is one of the great adventure stories of the twentieth century. On 1 November 1911, a British team set out on the gruelling 800-mile journey across the coldest and highest continent on Earth to travel to the South Pole. Five men battled through unimaginablyharsh conditions only to find the Norwegian flag had been planted at the Pole just weeks before. Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Lieutenant Henry Bowers, Petty Officer Edgar Evans, Captain Lawrence Oates, and Dr Edward Wilson all died on the return trek, starved and frozen to death, only eleven milesfrom a supply camp. In November 1912, a rescue party discovered their last letters and diaries, which told a story of bravery, hardship, and self-sacrifice that shocked the world.Recent decades have seen controversy rage over whether Scott was the last of a line of great Victorian explorers, intent on discovering uncharted lands, or a hopeless incompetent driven by personal ambition. Rejecting the stereotypes, Max Jones reveals a complex figure, a product of the passions andpreoccupations of an imperial age. He also shows how heroes are made and manipulated, through a close examination of the unprecedented outpouring of public grief at the news of the death of Scott and his companions.Max Jones uses fascinating new evidence and prevously unseen illustrations to take us back to this remarkable moment in modern history, and tells for the first time the full story of The Last Great Quest.

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Scott's last Antarctic expedition is one of the great adventure stories of the twentieth century. On 1 November 1911, a British team set out on the gruelling 800-mile journey across the coldest and highest continent on Earth to travel to the South Pole. Five men battled through unimaginablyharsh conditions only to find the Norwegian fl...

Max Jones is a Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Manchester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.06 × 5.83 × 1.14 inPublished:December 13, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192805703

ISBN - 13:9780192805706

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List of PlatesList of figuresAbbreviations1. Measuring the World2. The Race to the South Pole3. Disaster in the Antarctic4. Remembering the Dead5. 'Martyrs of Science'6. 'For the Honour of our Country'7. 'These Were Men'8. 'So Many Heroes'EpilogueAppendixNotesFurther ReadingIndex

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`a fascinating and wide-ranging study'Sunday Times