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Floating coast : an environmental history of the Bering Strait

Demuth, Bathsheba (author.).


"A groundbreaking exploration of the relationship between humans and the natural world where two great economic ideologies converge. Along the Bering Strait, through the territories of the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia, Bathsheba Demuth explores an ecosystem that has long sustained human beings. Yet when Americans and Europeans arrived with self-serving ideas of human progress, the Chukchi and Seward Peninsulas and surrounding waters became the site of an historical experiment. Here, the great modern ideologies of production and consumption, capitalism and communism, were subject to the pressures of arctic scarcity. Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: through these resources Demuth draws a vivid portrait of the sweeping effects of turning ecological wealth into economic growth and state power over the past century and a half. More urgent in a warming climate, and as we seek new economic ideas for a postindustrial age, Floating Coast delivers necessary warnings and poses provocative questions about human desires and needs in relation to environmental sustainability"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780393635164
  • ISBN: 0393635163
  • Physical Description: xiv, 416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-393) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: the migration north -- Whale country -- Whale fall -- The floating coast -- The waking ice -- The moving tundra -- The climate of change -- The unquiet earth -- The elements of redemption -- Caloric values -- Species of enlightenment.
Subject: Arctic regions Environmental conditions History
Human ecology Arctic regions History
Natural resources Arctic regions History
Capitalism Environmental aspects Arctic regions History
Communism Environmental aspects Arctic regions History

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Homer Public Library AK 503.3113 DEM (Text) 000152147 Alaskana -- Nonfiction Checked out 12/12/2023

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