The Arctic surrounds the North Pole. Russia, whose shores stretch approximately half way round the northern hemisphere, takes the lion's share in the territory but the United States, Canada and Denmark have their stakes too.
Those who inhabit the densely packed ice, however, remain largely unconcerned by national claims and political boundaries.
Today the Arctic, neither a continent nor a nation, has become one of the last contested lands on earth.
Richard Vaughan focuses on the human inhabitants of the Arctic and their struggle for existence in one of the most inhospitable areas of the world from the Stone Age to the present day.
He looks at the impact of European, American and Russian exploration on the lives of the indigenous peoples; the attempts to forge trade routes - including those by sixteenth-century explorer Willem Barentsz and by Henry Hudson - and the exploitation of the region by the West and Russia, including the effects of the whaling industry, fur trading, ivory trading and the mining of coal and the drilling of oil. Fully revised and updated, this book confirms the richness and diversity of the Arctic's history, culture, wildlife and landscape and looks at its future.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations, maps, ports.
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2007
- Category: History of other lands
- ISBN: 9780750946513