The young person’s Arctic
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This chapter examines the nature of the representations of the Arctic to which children and juveniles were exposed. Textbook coverage of the Arctic illustrates an interesting paradox. British society considered Arctic exploration to be important for reasons of national prestige, providing a training ground for the sailors on whom the security of the nation and later the empire depended. The influence of the Royal Geographical Society on the direction of geographical education was especially significant as the expansion of elementary education. The content of textbooks has to be adjusted to the demands of the market, and in the earlier nineteenth century the market was limited because educational opportunities were restricted. Hunting inevitably played a significant part in both information books and juvenile fiction. In Ballantyne's numerous Arctic novels hunting episodes provided endless interest and action.

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