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Author Demuth, Bathsheba, author.

Title Floating coast : an environmental history of the Bering Strait / Bathsheba Demuth.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  508.311 DEM    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  508.311 DEMUTH    DUE 12-27-23
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  508.311 DEMUTH    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  508.311 DEMUTH    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xiv, 416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary "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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-393) and index.
Contents Prologue: The migration north -- Whale country -- Whale fall -- The floating coast -- The waking ice -- The moving tundra -- The climate of change -- The unquiet earth -- Elements of redemption -- Caloric values -- Species of enlightenment -- Epilogue: The transformation of matter.
Subject Arctic regions -- Environmental conditions -- History.
Bering Strait -- 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.
Capitalism -- Environmental aspects. (OCoLC)fst00846427
Ecology. (OCoLC)fst00901476
Human ecology. (OCoLC)fst00962941
Natural resources. (OCoLC)fst01034403
Arctic Regions. (OCoLC)fst01240227
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780393635164 (hardcover)
0393635163 (hardcover)
9780393635171 (electronic bk.)
0393635171 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 40029360840
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