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"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)

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

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The Arctic in Focus 10. April 2010
Von Dag Stomberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
How do we protect the Arctic environment whilst considering the economic opportunities that are many?

The Nordic nations, Canada, the United States and Russia are all after the oil and gas beneath the Arctic Ocean; who will get the
most? All are quite capable of pursuing their objectives with
determination.

What about the melting ice?

Charles Emmerson has given the reader some thought provoking issues
about the FROZEN north and how it will have profound consequences
in the years to come.

Arguably, the book may be one of the best on this subject because
of the author's predilection to use the interviewing method to see the future prospects.

Read this 'future history' and suggest to family and colleagues.

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
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Especially recommended for college-level collections interested in Arctic climate and culture 13. Mai 2010
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The Future History of the Arctic comes from a geopolitics expert who offers an intellectual journey through the history, literature and politics of the Arctic, offering insights into the political and environmental forces that have shaped the region. In so doing, he explains connections that will likely evolve in the future, and provides a social and political history of the Arctic especially recommended for college-level collections interested in Arctic climate and culture.
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Must Read for Understanding the Arctic 2. Dezember 2012
Von Michael L. Jackson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Barren wasteland, hostile wilderness, obstacle to trade routes, frontier to be explored, raw powerful force to be conquered by man and science, doorway to vast resource wealth, vital strategic asset, laboratory for advancing understanding of the environment...these are just some of the ways we have perceived the Arctic region during our history on this planet. Emmerson's book takes you to a region that is poorly understood by most, but which may be one of the most crucial areas of this planet to understand both now and in the future. The book is comprehensive; it examines several Arctic issues from multiple points of view, giving the reader a broader understanding of the complex realities facing the nations that border this region, as well as the rest of the planet whose stake in the Arctic increases with each passing year.

Emmerson walks you through the past history: Soviet exploration, the Gulag system, Stalin's industrialization, the scramble for land and resources by the U.S. and Canada, the region's importance to World War 2 and the Cold War, the rushes for gold, oil, and minerals over the course of the last century and a half. He lucidly relates the complicated process of how Arctic land, ice and seabed are claimed, and gives you an idea of the difficulty in balancing the interests of business, government, science, and indigenous populations. He introduces you to some of the major personalities that defined our understanding of the region, such as Fridtjof Nansen. He also gives you a framework for understanding the dilemma faced by each Arctic nation: Russia's choice between maintaining national control of its vast oil and gas resources or seeking Western aid in developing them in the Arctic; the environmental and native concerns about the U.S. developing its Alaskan oil reserves; Norway's balanced approach between exporting hydrocarbons and environmental stewardship and whether the country can sustain that approach as it shifts to Arctic development; the impact of climate change on Greenland, and how the country's mineral riches may put it on the path to full independence from Denmark; Iceland's struggle, as a small North Atlantic nation, to maintain its identity in the face of growing international interest in the Arctic.

If you read this book, you will have a better understanding of other modern issues, when you hear about energy, climate change, and border disputes. It will also give you a connection to a region that few of us will ever visit, but which will possibly define our future. Superbly written and researched, and one of the most timely books that could be written in our age.
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A Poet Disguised as a National Security Analyst 29. Oktober 2011
Von James G. Workman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Emerson brings us into an evocative landscape -- correction, ice scape...no, better make that sea-scape that is both exciting and terrifying in its strategic and ecological import. Nothing against the arctic, but I have many places I'd rather travel to and understand before I die and now, thanks to Mr. Emerson (and Barry Lopez before him) I actually feel like I've been there.
This is a testament to his skills not only as a master of geopolitical affairs but as a storyteller. He introduces self-deprecating humor to serious situations. He brings touching insight to his interviews with people. He brings humility to the human affairs of poor communities in remote landscapes.
Future History of the Arctic is, at its core, less about a cold analysis of strategic imperatives and fateful policy decisions than it is a story about the fears and aspirations of individuals, the ones who have, and will, and must make hard decisions, based on what they see as their own self interest. He succeeds to the extent that he makes their self interest our own. We become individuals who must weigh in on decisions, knowing they affect us all.
We see the potential for the Arctic to become governed peacefully and carefully, much like its southern polar counterpart; we also see the potential for it to become a cold and depopulated global version of Somalia.
Thanks to his narrative skill, Emerson does not push us in one direction or the other, he lets us find our way there on our own as his voice is seen nowhere and felt everywhere. A bravura accomplishment.
A good book about an increasingly important area. 16. Februar 2015
Von lyndonbrecht - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
There are hundreds of books that make predictions about the future. I have read a number of them, and found the writing to be mediocre and that they make claims, often dire. Emmerson's book makes some assertions, but mostly offers quality information so readers can consider for themselves what will shape the Arctic's future. More, the book is excellently written. I did find it tedious in a couple of spots, but overall his writing holds reader interest.

Emmerson sees the Northwest Passage as taking longer to develop than some interpretations. With open seas shipping lanes through the Arctic, distances between trading partners may be cut sharply. He points out that even if the ice does melt, that weather is very difficult for ships and may hinder any developments. The future may well see increasing Chinese interest, with unknown consequences. And with such a large portion of the Arctic in Russia, the stability of Russia becomes an important element for the future. Russian energy exploitation of the Arctic has been huge, but not efficient and something of a disaster for the environment. As yet undeveloped energy resources may be very large, and there would be no concerns about politics of an unstable Middle East--although competition among the Arctic nations could lead to conflict. The Russians and Americans are the heavies of the future, with Canada as a medium and Scandinavia as lighter weights. Then there are the native peoples.

Because of my personal interest, I was particularly interested in the portions about Greenland. A Greenland with true independence from Denmark will probably be the most important voice for actual natives of the region.
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