Along the Bering Strait, through the territories of the Inupiat and
Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia, Bathsheba
Demuth explores an ecosystem that has long sustained human beings.
Yet when Americans and Europeans arrived, the area became the site
of an experiment and the modern ideologies of production and
consumption, capitalism and communism were subject to the pressures
of arctic scarcity. Demuth draws a vivid portrait of the sweeping
effects of turning ecological wealth into economic growth and state
power over the past century and a half. More urgent in a warming
climate and as we seek new economic ideas for a post-industrial
age, Floating Coast delivers warnings and poses provocative
questions about human desires and needs in relation to
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