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Europe's ‘Others’ in the Polar Mediterranean

Steinberg, P.

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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.’


Steinberg, P. (2016). Europe's ‘Others’ in the Polar Mediterranean. Journal of Economic and Human Geography, 107(2), 177-188.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 29, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 18, 2016
Publication Date Apr 1, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 22, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 18, 2018
Journal Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
Print ISSN 0040-747X
Electronic ISSN 1467-9663
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 107
Issue 2
Pages 177-188


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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.

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