A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North AmericaBook - 2011
Winner of the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize, the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize, the CAA Lela Common Award for Canadian History, and shortlisted for the 2010 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
Now available in paperback, Polar Imperative is based on Shelagh Grant 's groundbreaking archival research and draws on her reputation as a leading historian in the field. It 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 bce 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.