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Author Grant, Shelagh D.
Title Polar Imperative : A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America
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Subject 1. Jurisdiction, Territorial--Arctic regions--History. 2.Sovereignty--History. 3. Arctic regions--International status--History. 4. Arctic regions----History.
Publisher Vancouver, Toronto and Berkeley: Douglas & McIntyre
Year 2010
Pages xiv, 540
Description The definitive history of sovereignty in the North American Arctic, by the foremost expert in the field. Based on Shelagh Grant ’s groundbreaking archival research and drawing on her reputation as a leading historian in the field, Polar Imperative is a compelling overview of the historical claims of sovereignty over this continent’s polar regions. This engaging, timely history examines: the unfolding implications of major climate changes; the impact of resource exploitation on the indigenous peoples; the current high-stakes game for control over the adjacent waters of Alaska, Arctic Canada and Greenland; the events, issues and strategies that have influenced claims to authority over the lands and waters of the North American Arctic, from the arrival of the first inhabitants around 3,000 BC to the present; sovereignty from a comparative point of view within North America and parallel situations in the European and Asian Arctic. Told from a Canadian perspective, this book will become a standard reference on Arctic history and will redefine North Americans’ understanding of the sovereign rights and responsibilities of Canada’s northernmost region.
Type Book
Note "Winner of the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize", t.p. Includes bibliography and index.
Language English
Series
Identifier 9781553658061
Call No. 947'.004971
Location Library
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