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The use and abuse of dogs on Scott's and Amundsen's South Pole expeditions


Murray, C, The use and abuse of dogs on Scott's and Amundsen's South Pole expeditions, Polar Record, 44, (231) pp. 303-310. ISSN 0032-2474 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0032247408007493


In the century since Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott led the first and second expeditions to reach the South Pole, commentators have frequently passed judgement on the different means of transport that the two explorers employed. In hindsight, and since he ‘won,’ they have consistently praised Amundsen for using dogs exclusively and criticised Scott for not doing the same. Surprisingly, however, almost no attention has been given to the experience of Amundsen’s dogs, whose extreme suffering seems to have vanished into a collective blind spot. Here, with the aim of restoring balance to one part of the vexed historiography of the two explorers, that record is set straight. Amundsen’s troubled and contradictory attitude towards his animals is also explored and common misconceptions about Scott’s views on the use of dogs for transport are confuted.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Historical studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Heritage not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Murray, C (Dr Ian Murray)
ID Code:54202
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2009-02-12
Last Modified:2009-07-28
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