Competing Arctic Futures

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

  • Nina Wormbs

About this book


This edited collection explores how narratives about the future of the Arctic have been produced historically up until the present day. The contemporary deterministic and monolithic narrative is shown to be only one of several possible ways forward. This book problematizes the dominant prediction that there will be increased shipping and resource extraction as the ice melts and shows how this seemingly inevitable future has consequences for the action that can be taken in the present. This collection looks to historical projections about the future of the Arctic, evaluating why some voices have been heard and championed, while others remain marginalised. It questions how these historical perspectives have shaped resource allocation and governance structures to understand the forces behind change in the Arctic region. Considering the history of individuals and institutions, their political and economic networks and their perceived power, the essays in this collection offer new perspectives on how the future of the Arctic has been produced and communicated.


Predictions Arctic circle Polar history Politics Economics Shipping Resource extraction Agents of change Indigenous people Scientific exploration

Editors and affiliations

  • Nina Wormbs
    • 1
  1. 1.History of Science, Technology and EnvironmentKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91616-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91617-0
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