Extreme North by Bernd Brunner audiobook

Extreme North: A Cultural History

By Bernd Brunner
Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798212082587

  • ISBN: 9798212082570

  • ISBN: 9798212082594

Runtime: 8.43 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Scholars and laymen alike have long projected their fantasies onto the great expanse of the global North, whether it be as a frozen no-man's-land, an icy realm of marauding Vikings, or an unspoiled cradle of prehistoric human life. Bernd Brunner reconstructs the encounters of adventurers, colonists, and indigenous communities that led to the creation of a northern "cabinet of wonders" and imbued Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Arctic with a perennial mystique.

Like the mythological sagas that inspired everyone from Wagner to Tolkien, Extreme North explores both the dramatic vistas of the Scandinavian fjords and the murky depths of a Western psyche obsessed with Nordic whiteness. In concise but thoroughly researched chapters, Brunner highlights the cultural and political fictions at play from the first "discoveries" of northern landscapes and stories, to the eugenicist elevation of the "Nordic" phenotype (which in turn influenced America's limits on immigration), to the idealization of Scandinavian social democracy as a post-racial utopia. Brunner traces how crackpot Nazi philosophies that tied the "Aryan race" to the upper latitudes have influenced modern pseudoscientific fantasies of racial and cultural superiority the world over.

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Author Bio: Bernd Brunner

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English