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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

About the Author

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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  • Series: Very Short Introductions (Book 323)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019969768X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199697687
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexei Nekrassov on February 24, 2013
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The author is a professor of geopolitics, and the book has strong emphasis on Antarctic governance and geopolitics. If you're interested in these topics, you will like the book more than I did. I on the other hand, would prefer the author devoted more space than he did to discovery, exploration and modern science of Antarctic.

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
Index 137
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 8, 2015
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The Antarctic is perhaps the strangest and most fascinating place on Earth. The last continent to be discovered and explored, it is still politically a unique and peculiar geographic entity. Its extremely harsh climate makes it uniquely inhospitable and unwelcoming place for humans to visit. And yet, like many such remote and mysterious places it has been drawing explorers, adventurers and visitors for as long as it has been known.

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.
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