Roald Amundsen’s Sled Dogs

The Sledge Dogs Who Helped Discover the South Pole

Authors: Tahan, Mary R.

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  • Documents the contribution of sledge dogs to Antarctic exploration and historical discovery
  • An in-depth analysis of Roald Amundsen’s strategic use of sledge dogs to win the race to the Pole
  • First book to trace, name, and identify the individual sledge dogs who first reached the South Pole
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About this book

This book is an analytical account of how Roald Amundsen used sledge dogs to discover the South Pole in 1911, and is the first to name and identify all 116 Polar dogs who were part of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1912. The book traces the dogs from their origins in Greenland to Antarctica and beyond, and presents the author’s findings regarding which of the dogs actually reached the South Pole, and which ones returned.

Using crewmember diaries, reports, and written correspondence, the book explores the strategy, methodology, and personal insights of the explorer and his crew in employing canines to achieve their goal, as well as documents the controversy and internal dynamics involved in this historic discovery. It breaks ground in presenting the entire story of how the South Pole was truly discovered using animals, and how deep and profound the differences of perception were regarding the use of canines for exploration.

This historic tale sheds light on Antarctic exploration history and the human-nature relationship. It gives recognition to the significant role that animals played in this important part of history.

About the authors

Mary R. Tahan is a writer, producer, and documentarian, with a professional background in journalism and marketing. Internationally renowned for her educational and informational series, she has authored many scholarly articles and historical books, and produced/directed documentary films.

Her scholarly articles and lectures/presentations focus on Antarctica and the "heroic age of exploration", and cover many countries, and she has documented individuals and organizations as well as cities and historical events. As part of her research for her series of films and books on Polar exploration, Mary R. Tahan traveled to Antarctica by invitation of the Dirección Nacional del Antártico (Instituto Antártico Argentino), where she performed on-site photography and videography of the Antarctic landscape and historical sites, as well as conducted interviews with scientists and curators. Her research has also taken her to Argentina, Norway, France, Russia, and England, where she has also interviewed Polar historians and descendants of the early explorers of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Table of contents (41 chapters)

  • Introduction: Dogs, the Arctic, and Amundsen’s Clandestine Switch to the Antarctic

    Tahan, Mary R.

    Pages 1-13

  • The Vital Importance of Sled Dogs

    Tahan, Mary R.

    Pages 17-31

  • Two “Eskimos” to Care for the Good Greenland Dogs

    Tahan, Mary R.

    Pages 33-40

  • A Perfect Ship, a Professional Crew, and a Home for Pet Dogs

    Tahan, Mary R.

    Pages 41-49

  • The Voyage of the Hans Egede

    Tahan, Mary R.

    Pages 53-58

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02692-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02691-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Roald Amundsen’s Sled Dogs
Book Subtitle
The Sledge Dogs Who Helped Discover the South Pole
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02692-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02692-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02691-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 640
Number of Illustrations
48 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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