The Icemen Cometh

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

In British Arctic exploration, the hunt for the Northwest Passage became a repository of sentimental heroics, which masked its prosaic origin. It began as the search for a short cut from the Atlantic to the Pacific through North America in order to break the Spanish and Portuguese grip on trade with the Orient along southerly […]

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Northern Delights

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

There’s an awful lot of Arctic going on at the moment. There is the National Maritime Museum’s exhibition on the Northwest Passage, Glyn Williams’s book on the same, and Andrew Lambert’s biography of Franklin, not to mention the intermittent geopolitical tremors as northern nations stake their claims to the area. Now Sara Wheeler joins the […]

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