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Frozen Assets

British mining, exploration, and geopolitics on Spitsbergen, 1904-53

Frigga Kruse
 

Series: Circumpolar Studies 9

ISBN-13: 9789491431333

Publication year: 2013

Publication type: Book

Pages: XIII, 466

Cover: Softcover

Format: 170 x 240 x 25 mm; 1165 g

Price excl. VAT: €34.50

Price incl. VAT: €37.61

This study concerns the involvement of four British companies in the industrialisation of Spitsbergen in the European Arctic in the first half of the twentieth century. The companies were the Spitzbergen Coal & Trading Co., the Spitzbergen Mining & Exploration Syndicate, the Northern Exploration Co., and the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate. The combined historical context of Britain's leading coal industry, its global empire, and its contributions to polar exploration and science bore down on them. Against this multifaceted background, it is particularly interesting to ask, ‘What were the driving forces behind the development of the British mining industry on Spitsbergen between 1904 and 1953?'.
 
Nominated for the William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books 2014!
 
Reviews

"Since it is a thesis the book is written as an academic study, rather than a historic account, which makes it quite a heavy but a very authoritative read. ... There also numerous contemporary photos which give a good idea of the companies’ activities and a good bibliography for anyone wanting to research further into the subject." Christine Simm in SCOTTISH ARCTIC CLUB Newsletter, Summer 2014.

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Contents (shortened)

PART I - INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 1

1 Introduction and contextualisation 3

2 Britishness 29

PART II - THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMAGE 49

3 The Archaeology of Arctic Mining 51

4 The Archaeology of Arctic Exploration 85

PART III - THE HISTORICAL IMAGE 157

5 The Spitzbergen Coal & Trading Co., Ltd. (1904-18) 159

6 The Spitzbergen Mining & Exploration Syndicate, Ltd. (1906-11) 203

7 The Northern Exploration Co., Ltd. (1910-34) 239

8 The Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate, Ltd. (1909-53) 329

PART IV - THE COMBINED IMAGE 423

9 Four British companies on Spitsbergen: discussion and conclusion 425

Acknowledgments 441

References 443

Appendix 1 - Place-names used in the text 453

Appendix 2 - Staff of the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate 458

Appendix 3 - Learned papers of the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate 461

English summary 464

Nederlandse samenvatting 465

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