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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Exploring Greenland

Cold War Science and Technology on Ice

Editors: Doel, Ronald E., Harper, Kristine C., Heymann, Matthias (Eds.)

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Using newly declassified documents, this book explores why U.S. military leaders after World War II sought to monitor the far north and understand the physical environment of Greenland, a crucial territory of Denmark. It reveals a fascinating yet little-known realm of Cold War intrigue and a delicate diplomatic duet between a smaller state and a superpower amid a time of intense global pressures. Written by scholars in Denmark and the United States, this book explores many compelling topics. What led to the creation of the U.S. Thule Air Base in Greenland, one of the world’s largest, and why did the U.S. build a nuclear-powered city under Greenland’s ice cap? How did Danish concern about sovereignty shape scientific research programs in Greenland? Also explored here: why did Denmark’s most famous scientist, Inge Lehmann, became involved in research in Greenland, and what international reverberations resulted from the crash of a U.S. B-52 bomber carrying four nuclear weapons near Thule in January 1968?

About the authors

Ronald E. Doel is an Associate Professor of History at Florida State University, USA. He focuses on the history of recent science and technology.

 

Kristine C. Harper is an Associate Professor of History at Florida State University. She focuses on the history of recent science and technology.

 

Matthias Heymann is an Associate Professor of history of science and technology at Aarhus University, Denmark, where he studies the history of the atmospheric sciences. He served as Project Leader of “Exploring Greenland: Science and Technology in Cold War Settings,” funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. 

Reviews

“Exploring Greenland demonstrates that the history of scientific research in Greenland after 1945 is one of complex and often surprising interactions between actors from Denmark, the United States and beyond. It will be essential reading for historians with interests in the politics of Cold War science and environmental knowledge, especially in the Arctic, but valuable also for historians of the modern physical sciences more generally.” (Peder Roberts, British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 50 (1), 2017)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Exploring Greenland’s Secrets: Science, Technology, Diplomacy, and Cold War Planning in Global Contexts

    Doel, Ronald E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Defending the North American Continent: Why the Physical Environmental Sciences Mattered in Cold War Greenland

    Doel, Ronald E.

    Pages 25-46

  • Small State Preoccupations: Science and Technology in the Pursuit of Modernization, Security, and Sovereignty in Greenland

    Nielsen, Kristian H.

    Pages 47-71

  • In Search of Control: Arctic Weather Stations in the Early Cold War

    Heymann, Matthias

    Pages 75-98

  • Security and the Nation: Glaciology in Early Cold War Greenland

    Martin-Nielsen, Janet

    Pages 99-118

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59688-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59687-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploring Greenland
Book Subtitle
Cold War Science and Technology on Ice
Editors
  • Ronald E. Doel
  • Kristine C. Harper
  • Matthias Heymann
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59688-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59688-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59687-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 311
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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