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A jumble of motives has always shaped European exploration of the Arctic. Economic ambition, not least the search for a Northwest Passage, led to repeated intrusion and all manner of unsavoury episodes. Martin Frobisher dragging Inuit captives to Elizabethan England…
‘By the time this book is published it is possible – and, according to many predictions, likely – that the [North] Pole itself will be uncovered for the first time in tens of thousands of years.’
For the layman, the history of Central Asia is complex. When I first visited the Buddhist cave grottos, dating from the 5th to the 14th century, at Bezekilk in Xinjiang province, China, I was struck by the destruction wreaked on…
This exquisitely produced ‘visual compendium’ promises an ‘opportunity to eavesdrop on moments of exploratory inspiration.’ The chosen medium is the humble journal or notebook – ‘one vital piece of kit in most explorers’ pockets that hasn’t changed much at all’
In 2015, more than one million refugees sought to cross into Europe, roughly 0.2 per cent of the EU’s total population. This seemingly trivial number of people touched off a convulsion in Europe.
The Arab spring cannot be reduced to theories and statistics, and journalist Robert Worth knows this
The Democratic Republic of Congo is Africa’s most biodiverse country. Five of its national parks are listed as World Heritage Sites and there are climates to suit every preference. So far, so good
Selborne in northeast Hampshire still attracts its share of tourists. Most are on the trail of Gilbert White, the celebrated 18th century naturalist, and Edward Yates admits that, without White’s legacy, ‘this otherwise undistinguished village would be as dead’ as…

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