Globalizing Polar Science

Reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical Years

  • Roger D. Launius
  • James Rodger Fleming
  • David H. DeVorkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Rise of Global Scientific Inquiry in the International Polar and Geophysical Years

    1. Roger D. Launius, James Rodger Fleming, David H. DeVorkin
      Pages 1-9
  3. Meanings, Interpretations, and Historiography

  4. National Case Studies

  5. Networked Personalities and Programs

  6. National Roles for International Science: Quests and Questions in the International Geophysical Year

  7. Legacies of Global Science: Space Science, Anthropology, and Earth Science

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 373-386

About this book


The International Polar Years and the International Geophysical Year represented a remarkable international collaborative scientific effort that has been largely neglected by historians. This groundbreaking collection seeks to redress that neglect and illuminate critical aspects of the last 150 years of international scientific endeavour.


America anthropology Case Studies China Earth Science environment German history inquiry interpret Japan prehistory publishing space time

Editors and affiliations

  • Roger D. Launius
    • 1
  • James Rodger Fleming
    • 2
  • David H. DeVorkin
    • 1
  1. 1.National Air and Space MuseumSmithsonian InstitutionUSA
  2. 2.Colby CollegeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-10533-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-11465-4
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