A Cultural History of Snow

A Cultural History of Snow

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Snow remains something of an enigma. As an aspect of nature, the crystalline structure of snow has fascinated a variety of men from the ancient Chinese to the medieval Albert the Great. The story also covers Kepler, Faraday and modern scientists with sophisticated equipment. The mechanism of sliding on snow is still not fully understood. Nordic skiers and more importantly the manufacturers of ski waxes would like this problem solved. Nobody fully understands avalanches and it is impossible to make reliable predictions.

Roland Huntford is exceptionally well qualified to tell this story: his deep knowledge of the subject runs from Norse myths and archaeology to the modern history of skiing, its place in warfare and the place of snow in the defeat of Napoleon, Hitler and most intriguingly in the story of how a small nation, Finland, defeated the Russians in a world war.

A Cultural History of Snow is an entirely original take on a fascinating and perplexing subject.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Continuum
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1441112243
  • 9781441112248

Table of contents

Introduction \ 1. Archaeology and Mythology \ 2. Snow in Literature \ 3. The Nature of Snow and Its Effect on Human Life \ 4. Snow Politics and Anthropology \ 5. Snow War and Peace \ 6. Polar Exploration \ 7. Snow in Modern Times \ Index
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About Roland Huntford

Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. He is the author of the award-winning Two Planks and a Passion: the Dramatic History of Skiing, Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth and Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.
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