Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

Polar Imperative

Shelagh D. Grant
Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America

Published by Douglas & McIntyre

Shelagh Grant

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About the Book

Based on Shelagh Grant’s thirty years of groundbreaking archival research on Arctic sovereignty and her reputation as a leading historian in the field, Polar Imperative is a definitive overview of the many attempts by many countries to claim sovereign rights over the polar regions of North America. Unlike numerous other books on the subject, this authoritative volume covers Alaska and Greenland as well as Canada, balancing the implications of major changes in climate, science and technology, and international law against the competing ambitions of those countries seeking sovereign rule of the Arctic.

About the Author

Shelagh D. Grant is the author of the award-winning Arctic Justice: On Trial for Murder, and has written numerous scholarly articles on Arctic related topics. She is an adjunct professor in the Canadian Studies Program and a research associate of the Frost Centre at Trent University. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.




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Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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