Last Imaginary Place A Human History of the Arctic World

ISBN-10: 0226500896

ISBN-13: 9780226500898

Edition: 2007

Authors: Robert McGhee

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The Arctic of towering icebergs and midnight sun, of flaming auroras and endless winter nights, has long provoked flights of the imagination. Now, in "The Last Imaginary Place", renowned archeologist Robert McGhee lifts the veil to reveal the true Arctic world. Based on thirty years of work with native peoples of the Arctic and travel in the region, McGhee's account dispels notions of the frozen land as an exotic, remote world that exists apart from civilization. Between the frigid reality and lurid fantasy lies McGhee's true interest, the people who throughout human history have called the Arctic home. He paints a vivid portrait of Viking farmers, entrepreneurial Inuit, and Western explorers who have been seduced by the natural wealth and haunting beauty of this land. From lively accounts of fur trading, ivory hunting, and whaling to white-knuckle tales of the first, doomed expeditions, McGhee takes the reader on a whirlwind journey across this disorienting, dreamlike terrain that has fascinated mankind for centuries. "In prose infused by his position as curator of Arctic archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization--which has taken him to sites in several countries--McGhee demolishes some persistent illusions about the white North . . . evocative."--"Times Literary Supplement" "[A] compelling account . . . [McGhee] believes that the Arctic is not so much a region as a dream--what he sees as a dream of a unique, attractive world . . . An archaeologistwho has spent thirty years there, the author lets his love for the region shine through on every page.--"Booklist " "McGhee displays the powerful attractions of the top of the world . . . [his] prose . . . sparkles like frost in the midnight sun."--"Financial Times" "McGhee has written a sensitive, fascinating and extremely important book."--"Canadian Geographic"
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgements Prelude: An Arctic Vision
After the Ice Age
A Distant Paradise: The Arctic in Ancient Thought
A Hunter's World
In Arctic Siberia
Vikings and Arctic Farmers: The Norse Atlantic Saga
Inuit
Ice and Death on the Northeast Passage
Martin Frobisher's Gold Mines
The Rape of Spitsbergen
Bay of Tragedy
Frozen Glory
The People's Land
An Arctic Journey
Useful References
Interesting Reading
Index
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