The Northern Sea Route and the Economy of the Soviet North

The Northern Sea Route and the Economy of the Soviet North

The Northern Sea Route and the Economy of the Soviet North

The Northern Sea Route and the Economy of the Soviet North

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The continuing scientific and technological advances of the twentieth century are opening up new possibilities in the Soviet Arctic regions. What was previously considered a frozen and impassable region is rapidly developing into a maritime transportation route, an air route between continents, an accessible source of raw materials and semifinished products, and a vantage ground for scientific research on natural phenomena which affect areas far beyond the Arctic borders. Thus the Soviet Arctic compels the interest of the economic geographer, the strategist, the economist, the scientist, and the specialist in Soviet affairs.

The present study was undertaken primarily to examine the actual and potential economic role of the Northern Sea Route, the seaway along the Arctic coast between Novaya Zemlya and the Bering Strait, which has long been looked upon as the key to Soviet penetration into the Arctic. The study is a continuation into the Soviet period of the author's earlier work on the prerevolutionary development of the Northern Sea Route. In addition to analyzing its economic significance, the study attempts to assess the strategic value of the Route and of Soviet polar aviation in order to throw light on the noneconomic motives for Soviet work in the Arctic.

The economic issues raised in this study undoubtedly would long ago have been the subject of public debate by re-

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