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By Ludger Müller-Wille

Addressing, for the 1st time, the enigma of ways Franz Boas got here to be the primary founding father of anthropology and a motive force within the reputation of technology as a part of societal lifestyles in North the USA, this exploration breaks during the linguistic and cultural limitations that experience avoided students from greedy the significance of Boas's own heritage and educational actions as a German Jew. Müller-Wille argues  Read more...

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APS/FBFP). In two of the commissioned articles Boas temporarily disregarded the major methodological shift in polar science away from pure geographical exploration, such as reaching the North Pole for National Glory, to stationary, carefully designed basic research. In those two articles he delved into the history of exploration in the North American Arctic from its beginnings in the sixteenth century to the early 1880s (BT 3, 5; 1885a). To the second of these a brief editorial note added by the Berliner Tageblatt said it was published “...

The agreement called for Boas to submit three “trial articles” before his departure and, if they were acceptable and printed, he was to submit a total of fifteen articles from the Arctic before wintering and after his return (Boas 1883-85, listed as BT 1-18 in the bibliography; English translation of BT 3-18 in Boas 2009). His “trial articles” (BT 1-3) on the status of geography and polar exploration were published and he was paid sepa­ rately. Having passed this test, Boas was commissioned for the articles at 200 Reichsmark per piece for a total of 3000 marks paid in advance—a considerable sum at the time.

He noted: “You wrote in [your] letter that I were too ambitious. I tell you, if I shall not really become hugely famous later on, I would not know what I should do. It seems terrible to me to have to spend my life unknown and unnoticed by people. But I am afraid that none of these expectations will ever be fulfilled. ” (April 9, 1875, APS/FBFP). ” (March 18, 1877, APS/FBFP). In fact, he was not far off, except that he would take a deviation to the North American Arctic for one year to conduct research among Inuit.

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