Review by Choice Review
This intriguing work explores the cultural and environmental history of the North Atlantic and attempts to provide an understanding of the development of the region's identity both internally and externally. Oslund (world history, Towson Univ.) follows the portrayal of the North Atlantic as an unknown frontier in early travel logs to a region rich in beauty and complexity in the modern age. The author highlights the development of natural histories, national identity, language, technology, and understanding of the environment to paint a clearer picture of how these ideas grew. Although the research is very good and the author's command of the subject matter is apparent, at times the book suffers from being too ambitious. The interactions and source material are compelling, and each chapter works as a chapter; unfortunately, the research and the structure of the work do not entirely come together as a whole. Overall, the book is sure to be of interest to those studying Iceland and the North Atlantic's culture and environmental history and those interested in the European understanding of that region. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. A. E. Leykam College of Staten Island (CUNY)
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