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The International Politics of Antarctica (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Peter J. Beck


332 pages

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First published in 1986, this book considers the nature of international interest in Antarctica and the positions of those involved. It looks at the significance of the historical dimension, the development of the treaty system, the management of marine and mineral resources, the role of the United Nations and the impact of such non-governmental organisations as Greenpeace International. The Antarctic implications of the Falklands War of 1982 are also discussed, as well as the underlying relationship between America and the Soviet Union during the 1980s. With a truly international scope, this reissue will be of particular relevance to students with an interest in the political, legal, economic and environmental concerns surrounding the Antarctic region, both in the present and historically.

Table of Contents

List of Figures; Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in the Text; Preface; Part I: Introduction to Antarctica 1. Antarctica as an International Political Question; Part II: The Antarctic Past 2. Exploration and Sovereignty in Antarctica 3. The International Geophysical Year 1957-1958: A Scientific and Political Turning Point; Part III: The Antarctic Present 4. A Continent for Peace 5. A Continent for Science 6. A Continent in Search of a Sovereign 7. A Continent Managed by the Antarctic Treaty System 8. A Continent for Limited Participation in an Open Treaty System 9. A Continent for the Management of Living Marine Resources in an Environmental Framework 10. A Continent in Search of a Minerals Regime 11. A Continent and its Place in the International Community; Part IV: The Antarctic Future 12. Antarctica in the 1980s and 1990s; Select Bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International