Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait

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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, the area became the site of an experiment and the modern ideologies of production and consumption, capitalism and communism were subject to the pressures of arctic scarcity. Demuth draws a vivid portrait of the sweeping effects of turning ecological wealth into economic growth and state ...

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