First Published in 1978, The Circumpolar North is designed for anyone with a more than superficial interest in the northern regions of our planet, geographical, economic, social, or political. The primary importance of North today is as a source of raw materials, as a world crossroads, and as a touchstone of the way nations behave towards their minority groups. Strategic considerations have led to the expenditure of vast sums of money; but world population expansion has not yet affected the northlands and their preservation in a natural state is still a feasible objective.
The authors are experts in their own areas and have provided regional chapters on each of the land and ocean areas. The book compares the different approaches of the countries involved and deals also, in the context of the northern seas, with another political dimension – the relations between nations and their success in achieving international management of resources. This is an interesting read for scholars of geography, international relations and international economics.
List of maps List of tables Glossary of terms Abbreviations Preface 1. Introduction 2. Northern USSR: the north in a socialist economy 3. Canada: the slow retreat of ‘the north’ 4. Alaska: the evolution of a northern polity 5. Greenland: the transformation of a colony 6. The north of the Old World: lands of the northeast Atlantic 7. The circumpolar oceans: international conflict and co-operation 8. The circumpolar north in world affairs Appendices Further reading Index