In Acts of Occupation, historians Cavell and Noakes deliver the engrossing story of Canada's early days of Arctic policy. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped archival sources, they show how one explorer's self-serving ambition fueled unfounded paranoia about Denmark's designs on the north, and ultimately served as the catalyst for Canada's active administrative occupation of the Arctic. A compelling tale that throws new light on a transformative period in Canadian Arctic policy-making, Acts of Occupation offers much-needed historical context for contemporary debates on northern sovereignty.
Janice Cavell works in the Historical Section at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Jeff Noakes is a historian at the Canadian War Museum.
Introduction: A Policy of Secrecy 1 Taking Hold of the North 2 The Danish Threat 3 An Expedition to Ellesmere Land 4 A Citizen of the British Empire 5 Rasmussen in London 6 Wrangel Island 7 Stefansson in London 8 The Sector Claim Conclusion: Canada of Itself Appendix Notes Bibliography Index
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