Tag Archives: Antarctica

The Antarctic and Outer Space Treaties after the Cold War: Are They Still Valid?


The two separate treaty regimes—The Antarctic Treaty of 1960 and the Outer Space Treaty of 1967—worked relatively well in the context of the Cold War environment between World War II and about 1990. The sudden collapse of the Soviet Union, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Antarctic Destinies”


Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton, and the Changing Face of Heroism. By Stephanie Barczewski. London, UK: Hambledon Continuum, 2007. I have been interested in Antarctic exploration for many years and have read a broad range of books. Antarctic Destinies is focused … Continue reading

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Recalling a Century Old Controversy: Did Cook or Peary Reach the North Pole First?


The short answer is, probably neither. I have argued for years that exploration has been driven by the three “G’s”: God, gold, and glory (not necessarily in that order). The search for resources, in some cases literally gold, sparked much of … Continue reading

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Announcing a Special Issue of “Astropolitics” on the Power of Analogies for Advancing Space Scientific Knowledge


I have just edited a special issue of Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy 12:2-3 (2014) has just appeared. It is available on-line here. I must mention that a subscription to the journal is required, or access through a subscribing institution, to … Continue reading

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Announcing a History of Science Society Session, November 22, 2013: “The Power of Analogies for Advancing Scientific Knowledge”


Several colleagues and I are planning a session at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachussetts on Friday morning, 9:00 am, November 22, 2013. The session, “The Power of Analogies for Advancing Scientific Knowledge,” brings together four presentations … Continue reading

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Globalizing Polar Science


I am pleased to announce that the edited collection, Globalizing Polar Science: Reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical Years, has now appeared. I co-edited this work with James Rodger Fleming and David H. DeVorkin, and it contains 19 chapters relating … Continue reading

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