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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.

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.

Reviews

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099523536

    May 2, 2011

    Vintage

    448 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781847920263

    May 3, 2010

    Bodley Head

    432 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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