Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1. 9. 2016 - Počet stran: 262
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In 2014 media around the world buzzed with news that an archaeological team from Parks Canada had located and identified the wreck of HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Finding Franklin outlines the larger story and the cast of detectives from every walk of life that led to the discovery, solving one of the Arctic’s greatest mysteries. In compelling and accessible prose, Russell Potter details his decades of work alongside key figures in the era of modern searches for the expedition and elucidates how shared research and ideas have led to a fuller understanding of the Franklin crew’s final months. Illustrated with numerous images and maps from the last two centuries, Finding Franklin recounts the more than fifty searches for traces of his ships and crew, and the dedicated, often obsessive, men and women who embarked on them. Potter discusses the crucial role that Inuit oral accounts, often cited but rarely understood, played in all of these searches, and continue to play to this day, and offers historical and cultural context to the contemporary debates over the significance of Franklin’s achievement. While examination of HMS Erebus will undoubtedly reveal further details of this mystery, Finding Franklin assembles the stories behind the myth and illuminates what is ultimately a remarkable decades-long discovery.
 

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Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search

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With ambitious scope and profound depth, Potter (Arctic Spectacles) deftly demonstrates that truth can indeed be stranger and more fascinating than fiction. The book chronicles the ill-fated attempt ... Přečíst celou recenzi

Obsah

1 The Man Who Ate His Boots
3
2 Bones
21
3 Papers
35
4 Provisions
53
5 Maps
65
6 Rae
83
7 Hall
99
8 Schwatka
117
11 Woodman
171
12 Ice
189
13 Inuit
201
Last Man Searching
215
Franklin Searches 18542015
221
Notes
233
Bibliography
249
Index
257

9 The Search Renewed
137
10 Ranford
155

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O autorovi (2016)

Russell A. Potter is professor of English at Rhode Island College and the author of Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875.

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