Polar Imperative

Polar Imperative

A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Winner of the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize
Winner of the 2011 J. W. Dafoe Book Prize
Nominated for the 2010 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize
Nominated for the 2011 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize
Nominated for the Lela Common Book Prize for Canadian History

Based on Shelagh Grant's years of 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 the polar regions of North America. It examines the unfolding implications of major climate changes, the impact of resource exploitation on the indigenous peoples, and the current state of play in a high-stakes game for control over the adjacent waters of Alaska, Arctic Canada and Greenland. Engaging, thoroughly researched and timely, this book will redefine North Americans' understanding of the Arctic in terms of sovereign rights and responsibilities.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & Mcintyre, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781553658061
Branch Call Number: 909.0913 G767p 2011
Characteristics: xiv, 540 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 15, 2015

An excellent work on the arctic history with a view to the future

Jul 23, 2011

Good background/reference book, will be interesting to see what global warming does to the politics of this region

debwalker Jan 11, 2011

"Our navy is going to have to learn to sail in ice-filled waters."


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number Get NoveList Reading Recommendations

Subject Headings


Find it at TCCL

To Top