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The Future History of the Arctic

Charles Emmerson


PUBLISHED: 3rd March 2011
ISBN: 9780099523536
ANNOTATION:
Long at the margins of global affairs, the Arctic now finds itself at the frontline of issues which will challenge and define our world in the twenty-first century. This title weaves together the history of the region with reportage and reflection, revealing a vast and complex area, loaded with opportunity and rich in challenges.
The Future History of the Arctic
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PUBLISHED: 3rd March 2011
ISBN: 9780099523536
ANNOTATION:
Long at the margins of global affairs, the Arctic now finds itself at the frontline of issues which will challenge and define our world in the twenty-first century. This title weaves together the history of the region with reportage and reflection, revealing a vast and complex area, loaded with opportunity and rich in challenges.

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Long at the margins of global affairs, the Arctic now finds itself at the frontline of issues which will challenge and define our world in the twenty-first century. This title weaves together the history of the region with reportage and reflection, revealing a vast and complex area, loaded with opportunity and rich in challenges.

Publisher Description

Previously always at the margins of global affairs, the Arctic has now found its way to the centre of the issues which will challenge and define our world in the twenty-first century. The region is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet and its future is uncertain, with the rush to claim the territory one of the ugliest aspects of the hydrocarbon era.In The Future History of the Arctic, geopolitics expert Charles Emmerson weaves together the history of the region with reportage and reflection, revealing a vast and complex area, loaded with opportunity and rich in challenges. Travelling from the oil-fields of Prudhoe Bay and the Russian port of Murmansk to the shores of Greenland and the militarised borderlands of northern Norway we learn how the Arctic nations have used the area's resources, and how past ideas frame the future.

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'A fascinating, personal and visionary book. Splendid' Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, author of A Blueprint for a Safer Planet and The Stern Review 'An excellent primer to the economic issues of a region so recently and rudely thrust into the geopolitical limelight' Sara Wheeler, Financial Times Previously always at the margins of global affairs, the Arctic has now found its way to the centre of the issues which will challenge and define our world in the twenty-first century. The region is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet and its future is uncertain, with the rush to claim the territory one of the ugliest aspects of the hydrocarbon era. In The Future History of the Arctic , geopolitics expert Charles Emmerson weaves together the history of the region with reportage and reflection, revealing a vast and complex area, loaded with opportunity and rich in challenges. Travelling from the oil-fields of Prudhoe Bay and the Russian port of Murmansk to the shores of Greenland and the militarised borderlands of northern Norway we learn how the Arctic nations have used the area's resources, and how past ideas frame the future. 'It's rare to find books that treat it as something other than a chilly adventure playground or an excuse for reams of purple prose. Thank goodness, then, for Charles Emmerson...ruthlessly efficient' Scotland on Sunday

Author Biography

Charles Emmerson has suffered from a life-long addiction to maps, geopolitics and the power of history to illuminate the future. Born in Australia, Charles grew up and was educated in London. After graduating top of his class from Oxford University in modern history, he was awarded an Entente Cordiale scholarship to study politics and law in Paris. Since then he has worked for a variety of international organisations focusing on global issues, including the International Crisis Group and, latterly, as Associate Director of the World Economic Forum and head of their Global Risks' team. He now lives in London where he works as a writer and adviser on international affairs.

Review

"As reviving as a blast of polar air, bringing the Arctic into wonderfully clear focus; one of the most impressive accounts of the contemporary Arctic I've read" -- Joanna Kavenna Spectator "An excellent primer to the economic issues of a region so recently and rudely thrust into the geopolitical limelight" -- Sara Wheeler Financial Times "It's rare to find books that treat [the Arctic] as something other than a chilly adventure playground or an excuse for reams of purple prose. Thank goodness, then, for Charles Emmerson... Ruthlessly efficient" Scotland on Sunday "A fascinating, personal and visionary book. Splendid" -- Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, author of A Blueprint for a Safter Planet "An expert on geopolitics, he writes with insight and authority" Independent on Sunday

Review Text

"As reviving as a blast of polar air, bringing the Arctic into wonderfully clear focus; one of the most impressive accounts of the contemporary Arctic I've read"

Promotional "Headline"

A vivid, visionary exploration of the Arctic, the forces that have shaped it, and its emergence onto the main stage of global affairs.

Product Details

Author
Charles Emmerson
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0099523531
ISBN-13
9780099523536
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations, maps, ports.
Media
Book
Language
English
Short Title
FUTURE HIST OF THE ARCTIC
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Pages
448
Subtitle
How Climate, Resources and Geopolitics are Reshaping the North and Why it Matters to the World
Publication Date
2011-03-03
Audience
General/Trade