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Frigid embrace : politics, economics, and environment in Alaska
Haycox, Stephen W.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 180 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
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F904 .H26 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Frigid Embrace explores how the drive to extract natural resources has shaped Alaskans' understanding of the environment and their relationships with the region's Native peoples. This insightful account of Alaska's colonial struggles offers readers a key to understanding the roots of current environmental controversies.

Author Notes

Stephen Haycox is a Professor of History at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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Choice Review

Based on recent observations and referenced works on the history and development of Alaska, acknowledged authority Haycox (Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage) provides an excellent, hard-hitting analysis of the state's politics. Eschewing any consideration that Alaska embraces the beatitudes of wilderness, the author shows that Alaska demonstrates an oppositional culture, one that looks at the society as a set of binary relationships: Native and non-Native, environmentalist and developer, insider and outsider. The book's internal dynamics are therefore compelling. Beginning with the study of pioneer lives, both Native and non-Native, Haycox proceeds to talk about the politics of big oil, the ecological disaster related to oil shipment, the struggle for forests, and the fight for revenue, royalties, and tax benefits. This is a sharply worded book, vital to our understanding of the modern state. Illustrated and well referenced, it has a useful index. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. M. Gough Wilfrid Laurier University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Alaska History and Oppositionp. 1
Chapter 1 A Good American Townp. 19
Chapter 2 Pioneer Alaskans, Their Environment, and Alaska Nativesp. 36
Chapter 3 At Any Cost: Pioneer Alaska and Economic Developmentp. 59
Chapter 4 Bonanza: Prudhoe Bay and ANCSAp. 83
Chapter 5 "Big Oil" ANCSA, and the Transformationp. 100
Chapter 6 Debacle: The Exxon Valdez, The Tongass Forest, and the ELFp. 134
Chapter 7 Dividend Alaskap. 149
Note on Sourcesp. 175
Indexp. 177