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Antarctic lecture series

November 14, 2011

A discussion of early Antarctic exploration would be lacking if it didn't examine the competition that took place between nations for territorial conquest. In the next Antarctic Lecture Series, learn about Great Britain's and the United State's efforts to explore and stake claim to Antarctica and how that mirrored the broader relationship between these two countries during the 1940s and 1950s.

Richard Byrd led several expeditions to Antarctica during the 1940s and 1950s. [Book cover image of Byrd's autobiography]Wednesday, November 16
7-8 p.m.
Everyday Joe's
144 South Mason Street

In the next Antarctic Lecture Series, Adrian Howkins, assistant professor of history, will discuss, "The second race for the pole: Changing cultures of Antarctic exploration," focusing on the relationship between Great Britain and the United States in Antarctica during the 1940s and 1950s.  

In the 1940s, the British set up secret bases and in 1946, the U.S. launched the U.S. Navy's Antarctic Developments Project in order to establish a major U.S. presence in the Antarctic.

Mirror for broader relationships

The politics of Antarctica offers a fascinating microcosm of the broader Anglo-American relationship during this period, in which the United States set out to replace Great Britain as the leading nation in Antarctic exploration.

Earlier British assertions of superiority were challenged by the sheer scale of the United States’ scientific and logistical achievements. However, the British sought to retain their political influence in Antarctica through an alliance with the United States within the international framework of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty.

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