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Author Name:    GRIFFITHS, Franklyn, (ed.) ROWLEY, Graham NOSSAL, Kim Richard

Title:   Politics of the Northwest Passage. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    McGill-Queen's University Press, Kingston / Montreal , 1987, ISBN:0773506136 

Seller ID:   18081

GRIFFITHS, Franklyn, (ed.). Politics of the Northwest Passage. Kingston / Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, (1987). First Printing. Pp (4),[v]-ix,(3),[3]-313,(1). Maps and tables in the text. 8vo, blue cloth, white lettering to spine. Franklyn Griffiths (b. 1935). "In August 1985, the United States Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Sea sailed through the Northwest Passage without requesting Canadian permission. The voyage served to highlightthe American belief that the channels of the Canadian Arctic archipelago a re an internanational strait. As such it challenged Canada's understanding that the Northwest Passage has historically been an integral part f Canada's domain. In September 1985, the Canadian government made explicit its claim to exclusive Canadian jurisdiction over the Passage and associated waters. The contributors to Politics of the Northwest Passage describe the way Canada handled its Arctic marine dilemmas during the decade before this declaration, and analyse the problems Canada will face in maintaining its claim in the future. For nearly five hundred years, men have been drawn by the vision of a commercially viable and strategically advantageous seaway that runs west and north from Europe to the Far East. Though costs currently outweigh benefits, the oil and natural gas finds in the Beaufort Sea and the Canadian Arctic islands, as well as the possibility of higher energy prices inthe 1990s, have made a gradual increase in the volume and duration of navi gation in and about the Passage seem likely. While many of the technological obstacles to regular surface shipping have been overcome, new obstacles, largely political, are rapidly becoming apparent. These problems are thoroughly discussed, as are the international legal aspects of Canadian Arctic waters policy, environmental and socio-economic implications of Arctic marine transportation, and the issue of subsurface activities. In his concludingessay the editor, Franklyn Griffiths, suggests that if Canadians are to be come true keepers of the Passage they will need a better understanding of their Arctic marine spaces and a new appreciation of themselves as a northern people." - from the dj. Contents : Preface. 1. Where Vision and Illusion Meet (by Franklyn Griffiths). Part One - Setting. 2. Bringing the Outside Inside: Towards Development of the Passage (by Graham Rowley). 3. Inuit Politics and the Arctic Seas (by Peter Jull). Part Two - Internatiobnak Arctic Politics. 4. The Manhattan Voyages and Their Aftermath (by John Kirton and Don Munton). 5. The Negotiation of Article 234 (by D.M. McRae). 6. Arctic Shipping: An American Perspective (by Oran R. Young). 7. Greenlandic and Danish Attitudes to Canadian Arctic Shipping (by Lars Toft Rasmussen). Part Three - Canadian Arctic Politics. 8. Lessons of the Arctic Pilot Project (by Jennifer Lewungton). 9. Environmental Politics and Inuit Self-Government (by Peter Burnet). 10. Defence and Policing in Arctic Canada (by W. Harriet Critchley). 11. Polar Icebreakers: The Politics of Inertia (by Kim Richard Nossal). Part Four - Conclusions. 12. Beyond the Arctic Sublime (by FranklynGriffiths). Appendix: Statement on Sovereignty, 10 September 1985. Very go od in dustjacket. 50.00


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