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Bellingshausen and the Russian Antarctic Expedition, 1819–21

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Imperial Quest

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 3-8
    3. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 9-24
    4. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 25-40
    5. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 41-64
  3. Reports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-72
    2. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 125-140
    3. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 141-162
    4. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 163-177
    5. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 178-184
    6. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 185-190
  4. Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-192
    2. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 193-207
    3. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 208-211
    4. Rip Bulkeley
      Pages 212-213
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 214-276

About this book


This book examines the little studied story of Bellinghausen, and includes the fullest biography of the celebrated Russian explorer ever published, and with thoughtful discussion of the achievements and limitations of the expedition and suggestions for further research.


Exploration Russian History Scientific History 19th Century History chronology history Russia

About the authors

Rip Bulkeley lives in Oxford, UK, and has written studies of the arms race, the space race, and international scientific cooperation. He is a member of British Pugwash, the Hakluyt Society, and the History Expert Group of ICSU's Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. He has published several articles in Polar Record, and contributed to a recent History of the International Polar Years (Barr and Lüdecke, 2010).

Bibliographic information


'An extensive compilation of annotated correspondence and reports ... which sheds new light on the first Russian expedition to Antarctica. ... Bulkeley adds his profound background knowledge, which allows the reader to dip into everyday life, scientific knowledge and the political circumstances in Russia 200 years ago.' - Cornelia Lüdecke, Convenor, SCAR History Experts Group

'An invaluable sourcebook and an exceptional contribution that substantially readjusts the historical record. ... We are given a brief informative overview hitherto unparalleled in scope and depth of the man's life and times. ... It is a pleasure to follow the author in this exciting piece of intellectual detective work.' - Aant Elzinga, Professor emeritus, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

'An amazing achievement.' - Ian R. Stone, Editor, Polar Record