Fol­low the Paths Forged by the Great­est Ex­plor­ers

Air & Space Smithsonian - - One More Thing -

Ex­plo­ration is in our genes. Through­out his­tory, the drive to ex­plore, en­counter, and know the un­known has been one of the deep­est hu­man im­pulses—de­spite the in­her­ent dan­gers. What con­tin­ued to com­pel ad­ven­tur­ers to seek out the far­thest reaches of the planet, de­spite dis­ease, star­va­tion, mutiny, storms, and even can­ni­bals? Find out in His­tory’s Great­est Voy­ages of Ex­plo­ration, a thrilling course that tells the awe-in­spir­ing and sur­pris­ingly in­ter­con­nected tale of world ex­plo­ration. In 24 riv­et­ing lec­tures, Ve­jas Gabriel Li­ule­vi­cius, an award-win­ning his­tory pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee, Knoxville, shines a spot­light on how his­tory’s most dar­ing ex­plor­ers shaped our glob­al­ized world. Wit­ness the treach­er­ous—at times fa­tal—ex­pe­di­tions these in­di­vid­u­als pur­sued in the name of re­li­gion, con­quest, fame, and new lands, whether to the frozen Poles, Asia, Europe, the Amer­i­cas, Africa, the ocean’s depths, or the fi­nal fron­tier of space.

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