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Unfreezing the ArcticScience, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands$
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Andrew Stuhl

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226416649

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226416786.001.0001

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Introduction: Is the Arctic out of Time?

Introduction: Is the Arctic out of Time?

(p.1) Introduction: Is the Arctic out of Time?
Unfreezing the Arctic

Andrew Stuhl

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents the book as a response to the shallow historical understanding found in contemporary media narratives on Arctic climate change and globalization. It argues that a richer appreciation of interconnected social and environmental change can only come from historical study. The Inuit lands of Alaska, Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories are identified as the geographic focus of the book. The existing frontier traditions of historical scholarship on Alaska and the Canadian north serve as a point of departure for the analysis. The author highlights the scholarly contributions of the book as building and breaking from these traditions, which have often treated scientists peripherally and have restricted studies of colonialism and environmental change to national borders. To frame a line of inquiry attentive to the relations of past and present, science and colonialism, the United States and Canada, and nature and culture, the author integrates perspectives from a variety of fields of knowledge. These include the history of colonial science, transnational history, environmental history, and postcolonial studies. The approach to archival research and ethnography is discussed.

Keywords:   arctic, Alaska, Canadian north, colonialism, environmental history, transnational history, postcolonial studies, archival research, ethnography, Inuit

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