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Anglo-German Networks of Antarctic Exploration around 1900

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This chapter argues that Anglo-German cooperation was a central element in south polar exploration at the turn of the century which formed important links and promoted the production of standardized scientific results on a global scale. However, it is important to remember that German and British endeavours were themselves integrated into national, transnational, imperial, and global entanglements. On November 7, 1904, the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) held an Antarctic meeting at the Albert Hall to welcome the Discovery expedition on their return from the south polar regions. In the first report on the German Gauss expedition, von Drygalski explained in some detail where the expedition had found the most useful equipment. Nordenskjöld's visit to the RGS indicates that Antarctic exploration at the end of the nineteenth century was a global endeavour with a European centre.

Keywords: Anglo-German cooperation; Antarctic exploration; global entanglements; imperial entanglements; Nordenskjöld; Royal Geographical Society (RGS); standardized scientific results; transnational networks; von Drygalski



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