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The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction

Klaus Dodds

July 2012

ISBN: 9780199697687

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Antarctica attracts great interest from political leaders, journalists, and public audiences around the world. In this Very Short Introduction, Klaus Dodds presents a modern account of Antarctica, looking closely at contemporary developments in commerce, science, sovreignty, and governance.

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Antarctica attracts great interest from political leaders, journalists, and public audiences around the world. In this Very Short Introduction, Klaus Dodds presents a modern account of Antarctica, looking closely at contemporary developments in commerce, science, sovreignty, and governance.

  • Explores the scientific, historical, cultural, and political significance of one of the world's most remote regions, providing the background to the physical geography of the continent
  • Considers the challenges and pressures posed by a variety of issues, including tourism, fishing, science, environmental protection, and territorial sovreignty
  • Highlights the exploratory and scientific achievements of the region
  • Considers the issues surrounding borders and territories, including the Antarctic Treaty System
  • Looks at the cultural significance of the continent
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over five milllion copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, University of London

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 (OUP, 2007). 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.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1:Defining the Antarctic
    2:Discovering the Antarctic
    3:Claiming and negotiating the Antarctic
    4:Governing the Antarctic
    5:Doing Antarctic science
    6:Exploiting and protecting the Antarctic
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"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