- Taschenbuch: 160 Seiten
- Verlag: Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (7. September 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 019969768X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199697687
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 1 x 11,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 476.463 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. September 2012
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The book's focus is very good and I think that many of my colleagues could benefit from reading it. On that basis, I would recommend it. * Mark Brandon, Geographical *
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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 was a visiting fellow at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury and has worked with national and international polar organizations including British Antarctic Survey, Antarctica New Zealand, International Polar Foundation, and the Australian Antarctic Division. He has visited the Antarctic on four occasions, including sub-Antarctic islands such as South Georgia and South Orkneys.
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As Klaus Dodds points out, this was not always so in Earth history, as plate tectonical movements placed the Antarctic there only during the Cretaceous, and for most of its history, the Antarctic was likely a green continent.
Apart from the natural history of the Antarctic, chapters in his introduction to the Antarctic deal with the discovery and expeditions to the Antarctic, the political development, the governing of the Antarctic area, its economical relevance, and initiatives for its protection. Politically, of particular relevance is the Antarctic Treaty from 1961. It regulates a treaty-based governance of the Antarctic, and now further specifies that the Antarctic is demilitarised, may not be mined, and is dedicated to support science.
The focus is on the international political dimension: on international politics, scientific international co-operations, and international concern on environmental processes with measures for environmental protection. The latter elaborates why the Antarctic is “no longer considered a strange and remote place on the margins of world affairs; rather, it was viewed as an essential component of the Earth’s physical condition.” (p. 57) This concerns both the geological and climate impact of Antarctic regions, but also the resource use and protection of Antarctic marine habitats. For the environmental aspect, the detection of the ozone player depletion in the mid-1980s deserves a mention.
This volume does what the VS series aims to do: select relevant topics where it may be difficult to get concise information for an overview, and have it accessibly presented by an expert author.
Some flaws may be found in the book, like factual errors (sponges are no plants) or figure details (some map labelling is too small to read; some islands get mentioned but not located in the three maps). Information is sometimes redundant as it is emphasised in consecutive chapters but this will also drive the message home. Some other aspects, like the natural history, could have been more elaborated. And few more figures would have been illustrating the points better (e. g. the Gondwana series). I was surprised that the ongoing astronomical experiments did not get a mention (e. g. measuring cosmic microwave background radiation).
Overall, this is a fascinating and short introduction to a topic with a short but interesting political history. I have learned a lot from it about the Antarctic.
This is a very well written and pretty detailed book about the Antarctic. It explains well what is usually meant by the terms Antarctic and Antarctica, and how these entities are usually treated in international law and politics. The book spends quite a bit of space explaining the geography and climate of this remote region. However, the book’s unique strength lays in its treatment of the political nature of The Antarctic. Ever since it was discovered various nations had laid claims on the vast regions of the Antarctic. Oftentimes these claims overlap, and have resulted in contentions that have not been properly resolved to this day. Since the 1950s, though, Antarctica has enjoyed a very unique status in international law thanks to the treaty that made the whole continent into one great scientific lab.
The book covers several interesting scientific investigations that have been going on in the Antarctic for years. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mention any of the really cool Physics and Astronomy experiments that have been performed there in recent years.
Another topic that I wish the book explored was the treatment of The Antarctic in arts, literature and film. There is a mention of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”, but it was only mentioned in passing as an example of early misconceptions about the Antarctic. Due to its “alien” nature the Antarctic has been a source of inspiration for quite some time, and several of my favorite movies are set over there.
The author also mentions in passing several topics and social concerns that seem to have become the focal points of all academic writing these days, but are completely at odds with a book of this nature. They feel very out of place and even grotesque when talked about in a book about the Antarctic, but fortunately they don’t take up much space and can be safely skipped.
Overall, this is a fairly interesting and well-written book. Despite the few shortcomings I noted, I still think it’s probably the best short introduction to the Antarctic, and one of the better books in this Very Short Introduction series. Recommended.
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Amazon doesn't list Table of Contents, so here it is:
Defining the Antarctic 1
Discovering the Antarctic 23
Claiming and negotiating the Antarctic 48
Governing the Antarctic 69
Doing the Antarctic science 89
Exploiting and protecting the Antarctic 109
Further reading 133