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210 × 148 mm
232 pages
95 illustrations, 64 in colour
18 Jun 2018

Ice Nature and Culture Klaus Dodds

Ice has played a prominent role in the history of the earth and its living communities for millennia. We have had fun with and on ice, battled over ice, imagined ice, struggled with ice and made money out of ice. It has transformed our relationship with food, and our engagement with ice has been captured in art, literature, popular film and television, as well as made manifest in sport and leisure. Our lakes, mountains and coastlines have been indelibly shaped by the advance and retreat of ice and snow. Beyond Planet Earth, ice can be found in meteors, planets and moons, and scientists think that ice-rich asteroids played a pivotal role in bringing water to Earth.

In Ice: Nature and Culture Klaus Dodds provides a wide-ranging exploration of the cultural, natural and geopolitical history of ice, revealing how throughout history human communities have made sense of ice. For those who are intrigued about our relationship with ice, this book will provide an informative and thought-provoking guide.

‘explores our engagement with ice in art, literature, film and television, and in sport and leisure. Taking us on an enlightening journey to reveal how human communities have made sense of ice over the centuries, Dodds discusses man’s exploration of ice and how indigenous peoples have adapted to live in frozen landscapes . . . Well illustrated throughout, Ice is an informative and entertaining guide that sheds light on something we often take for granted.’ – Outdoor Photography

‘Klaus Dodds is no stranger to the polar world and its glacial environment, having written widely on Antarctica and northern issues. He tackles the challenge admirably selecting examples and situations that will invariably be found to be engaging, informative, and often surprising. This book has an unnerving eclectic mix of aesthetics, folklore, and science . . . this is an engaging read, almost a romp, through a world of ice and snow from a very different perspective to science-focused essays.’ – David Drewry, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

‘a wide-ranging exploration of the cultural, natural and geopolitical history of ice. It is very readable by all and forms part of a series of 24 other books on natural phenomena written by various experts . . . an easy and interesting read for anyone wanting to become an instant expert on all things ice.’ – Canadian Meteorological and Oceanic Society Bulletin

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Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has travelled and worked for many years in cold places, including the Arctic, Antarctica and mountainous areas of the world. Previous books include a co-authored volume, The Scramble for the Poles (2016).

1 A World of Ice
2 Exploring and Conquering Ice
3 Imagining and Representing Ice
4 Icy Geopolitics
5 Working with Ice
6 Sport, Leisure and Pleasure on Ice
7 Adapting to Ice
Farewell to Ice

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