Douglas & McIntyre
Polar Imperative

Book details:

May 2010
ISBN 978-1-55365-418-6
6" x 9"
400 pages
80 b&w photographs
Current Affairs
$39.95 CAD


Douglas & McIntyre

Polar Imperative

A History of Arctic Sovereignty In North America

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 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.

About the Author

Shelagh D. Grant

Shelagh D. Grant

Shelagh Grant is the author of the award winning book, Arctic Justice: On Trial for Murder, Pond Inlet – 1923 (MQUP, 2002). An adjunct professor in the ...

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