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North Pole by Michael Bravo

North Pole

Nature and Culture

Michael Bravo

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Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication date: 7 Dec 2018
ISBN: 9781789140088

Tracing poles and polarity back to their sacred ancient civilizations, this book explores how the idea of a North Pole has given rise to utopias, satires, fantasies, paradoxes and nationalist ideologies, from the Renaissance to the Third Reich.

3 stars out of 5
16 Feb 2019

"The strength of this short book lies in its illustrations — more than 100 of them, brilliantly selected and reproduced"

The strength of this short book lies in its illustrations — more than 100 of them, brilliantly selected and reproduced. The whole volume is printed on glossy paper. The pictures range from sumptuous full-colour portraits to woodcuts, drawings of little wooden ships in the pincers of a floe, and early maps....The prose style, however, is as creaky as a calving berg...Bravo is a senior lecturer at Cambridge University, and one detects all too often in these pages the dead hand of the academic.

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