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Product Details

  • Paperback: 902 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant (May 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458760294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458760296
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,907,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This engrossing book will fascinate would-be explorers, foreign policy buffs and all those who care about our global environment. Charles Emmerson shows why the world's ice cap is where much of our world's future history will be written" -- Chris Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, Chairman of the International Crisis Group; Former European Union Commissioner for External Affairs "Deeply insightful...His account is always clear-headed and elegant, weaving an extraordinary range of subjects into a compelling narrative" -- Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum "A fascinating, personal and visionary book. Splendid" -- Lord Nicholas Stern "As reviving as a blast of polar air... one of the most impressive accounts of the contemporary Arctic I've read" -- Joanna Kavenna Spectator "Explores and greatly extends the issues ... and insightful analysis" Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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He succeeds to the extent that he makes their self interest our own.
James G. Workman
It will also give you a connection to a region that few of us will ever visit, but which will possibly define our future.
Michael L. Jackson
A very valuable book for anyone doing seriois business in the Arctic, or planning to do so.
Lars Gyllenhaal

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dag Stomberg on April 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Jackson on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James G. Workman on October 28, 2011
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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.
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