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The Lamar Series in Western History

Furs and Frontiers in the Far North

The Contest among Native and Foreign Nations for the Bering Strait Fur Trade

  • John R. Bockstoce
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Received 2009 William Mills Prize for non-fixtion popular books, given by the Popular Libraries Colloquy

Recipient of the 2010 William Mills Prize for non-fiction books sponsored by Polar Libraries.

Winner of the 2009 John Lyman Book Award in the category of U.S. Maritime History

This comprehensive history of the native and maritime fur trade in Alaska during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is without precedent. The Bering Strait formed the nexus of the circumpolar fur trade in which Russians, British, Americans, and members of fifty native nations competed and cooperated. The desire to dominate the fur trade fed the European expansion into the most remote regions of Asia and America and was an agent of massive change in these regions.

Award-winning author John R. Bockstoce fills a major gap in the historiography of the area in covering the scientific, commercial, and foreign-relations implications of the northern fur trade. In addition, the book provides rare insight into the relationship between the Western powers and the Native Americans who provided them with fur, ivory, and whalebone in exchange for manufactured goods, tobacco, tea, alcohol, and hundreds of other things. But this is also the story of the enterprising individuals who energized the Alaskan fur trade and, in doing so, forever altered the region’s history.

Arctic specialist John R. Bockstoce is an independent scholar and the author of many books, monographs, and articles on the history of the Arctic.

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