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Stefansson and the Canadian Arctic by Richard J. Diubaldo, William R. Morrison
  

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Stefansson and the Canadian Arctic by Richard J. Diubaldo, William R. Morrison

Stefansson's contributions to arctic exploration are immense. He discovered some of the world's last major land masses in the Arctic and his hydrographic soundings outlined, for the first time, the continental shelf from Alaska to Prince Patrick Island and revealed the submarine mountains and valleys beneath the Beaufort Sea. While in the Arctic he lived with the Inuit, learning their habits and language, and kept a detailed record of early Inuit society. However, some of Stefansson's deeds, and the motives behind them, garnered less acclaim. In one instance Stefansson was accused of abandoning ship just before the ship was crushed in the ice, a heinous act for the leader of an expedition. On another occasion, following a disastrous expedition to Wrangel Island during which great numbers of the party died, Stefansson was accused of deliberately misleading members of the expedition and lying about the perils that faced them. The affair caused Canada to become embroiled with the United States and the Soviet Union, and many argued that Stefansson was more concerned with personal fame and financial gain than people's lives. Was Stefansson a prophet or a profiteer, a victim or a villain? Stefansson and the Canadian Arctic reveals the truth about this fascinating personality.

Reviews

A lucid and convincing analysis of the origins of Stefansson's attitudes and ideas, and a superb account of the outfitting and financing of one segment of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-18 and the political infighting and public relations surrounding it. Carl Berger, The Writing of Canadian History An important book. John English, American Historical Review Winner of the John Lyman Award and a CHA Regional History Certificate of Merit


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Publication date

18th January 1999

Author

Richard J. Diubaldo, William R. Morrison

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Publisher

McGill-Queen's University Press

Format

Paperback
296 pages

Categories

History of the Americas
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Biography: historical, political & military
History of other lands
Geographical discovery & exploration

ISBN

9780773518155

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