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The Conquest of the Russian Arctic

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$63.50 • £50.95 • €57.00

ISBN 9780674728905

Publication Date: 06/09/2014


456 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

15 halftones, 4 maps, 5 tables


  • List of Illustrations and Tables*
  • Note on Transliteration
  • Introduction
  • 1. Charting the Arctic Landscape
  • 2. Neither Cod nor Coal
  • 3. The Role of the Gulag in Arctic Conquest
  • 4. The Arctic Sciences of Places and People
  • 5. The Nickel That Broke the Reindeer’s Back
  • 6. Transformation of Taiga and Tundra
  • 7. Rediscovering the Arctic
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Illustrations and Tables
    • Illustrations
      • Map: Russia’s western Arctic Circle
      • Map: The White Sea
      • Mikhail Vodopianov flying over the North Pole
      • Vyacheslav Molotov, Joseph Stalin, and Otto Shmidt welcoming pilots from the Arctic, ca. 1938
      • The Akademic Fedorov research ship
      • Hydrological research on drift station, ca. 1937
      • Krenkel, Papinin, and Shmidt at polar research station, ca. 1937
      • Map: Nenets Autonomous Region and Arkhangelsk Province
      • Red Teepee, Bolshezemelskaia tundra, 1960s
      • Russian school age girl, in Bolshezemelskaia tundra, 1960s
      • Monchegorsk industrial pollution, June 2010
      • Closed mine, Kirovsk
      • Construction of Lenin Square, Severodvinsk
      • Winter municipal construction, Severodvinsk
      • Map: Kola Peninsula
      • Artur Chilingarov
      • Artkika nuclear icebreaker
      • Sengeiskii Island Meteorological Station, Nenets Autonomous Region
      • An Arctic graveyard on Kolguev Island
    • Tables
      • 1.1. Early Russian/Soviet icebreakers of British manufacture
      • 3.1. Leading personnel repressed, “Enemies of the People” in the Soviet Arctic, 1920–54
      • 4.1. Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute scientific fleet ships placed into operation, 1967–87
      • 4.2. Growth of Kola Science Center, 1951–57
      • 5.1. Population of circumpolar Soviet cities, 1926–present

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