Very Short Introduction to the Antarctic

Just received my advanced copies of my Very Short Introduction to the Antarctic to be published by OUP next month. It was quite a challenge writing about a place greatly enriched by inter-disciplinary scholarship and yet restricted to about 35,000 words. I hope I have been able to do the topic justice but inevitably had to make some difficult choices regarding thematics and empirical examples. There is clearly a lot more to be said about the physical geographies of the Antarctic. I concentrated on the human geographies of the region with particular emphasis on geopolitics, governance, exploration/discovery and contemporary issues such as tourism, fishing and science.

The book will be, for me at least, a really useful resource to turn to when I teach my specialist option on the contemporary geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic as part of our new MSc in Geopolitics and Security. 

Next year I am hoping to produce a second edition of my first Very Short Introduction to Geopolitics. In the period between I wrote the Geopolitics and the Antarctic one (i.e. 2007-2012) the series has grown from around 170 to over 330 and I would not be surprised to see it grow to 500 titles. Geographers have contributed to the series more generally – Nick Middleton wrote about deserts and rivers, Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles on Landscapes and Geomorphology and John Matthews and David Herbert on Geography itself.

I hear on the grapevine that International Security has been commissioned but there are other topics that geographers might consider writing – territory, sovereignty and resources springs to mind. And if you need an incentive, potential authors, these books really do get read way beyond the academy.




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