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  • Published: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099523536
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.99

The Future History of the Arctic

How Climate, Resources and Geopolitics are Reshaping the North and Why it Matters to the World



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

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: climate change, energy security and the struggle for the world's resources, the return of great power competition and the remaking of global trade patterns.

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, he brings the contemporary Arctic to life and explains why what happens there matters to the world.

  • Published: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099523536
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Charles Emmerson

CHARLES EMMERSON is an Australian-born writer and historian. He studied modern history at Oxford University and international relations in Paris. He is the author of The Future History of the Arctic and 1913: The World Before the Great War. He lives in London.

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Praise for The Future History of the Arctic

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

Explores and greatly extends the issues ... and insightful analysis

Times Literary Supplement

Commended for [its] crisp, easily digestible prose...clarity...avoidance of sentimentality or over-obsessive attention to detail

Robin McKie, The Observer

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

Required reading for anyone who wants to know more about this increasingly important region

Sunday Business Post

An expert on geopolitics, he writes with insight and authority

Independent on Sunday

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

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