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Europe's ‘others’ in the polar Mediterranean.

Steinberg, P. (2016) 'Europe's ‘others’ in the polar Mediterranean.', Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie. = Journal of economic and social geography., 107 (2). pp. 177-188.


A large body of literature problematises the role of the Mediterranean, as both civilisational hearth and liminal frontier, in both ancient and modern Europe. However, much less attention has been directed to the inland sea at Europe's northern edge: the Arctic. Increasingly, as the Arctic becomes attractive to non-Arctic European capitals as a potential site of investment and (in)security, European states, and perhaps the EU as a whole, are seeking to construct the Arctic, like the Mediterranean, as a space that is both marginal and central to the continent's future. This paper seeks to investigate the extent to which the Arctic is, to paraphrase Viljhalmur Stefansson, Europe's ‘Polar Mediterranean’ and what this means for Europe as it constructs institutions and identities that, as in the Mediterranean, use the concept of the inland sea to both incorporate and differentiate its internal and external ‘others.’

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Steinberg, P. E. (2016), Europe's ‘Others’ in the Polar Mediterranean. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 107(2): 177–188, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:29 March 2015
Date deposited:27 April 2015
Date of first online publication:18 March 2016
Date first made open access:18 March 2018

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