Vladimir Putin

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur

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First a summary of some of the points the speaker made in his address about 10 years ago. A look through history at man's journeys northwards. The Alaska purchase and reasons for it. Evidence that in every millenium of the past the centres of wealth and power have been fund farther north than they were a thousand years before. Comparing life in a tropical climate to that in a "good" climate. A look at climatic conditions in Chicago and Winnipeg. Misrepresentation of the Northwest Territories in Canadian school books. Trying to understand the reasons for such misrepresentation and misunderstanding about the north by people further south. Looking at an analogous situation in the United States in the 1800's. The role of mines and mining in bringing the North into its own and co-ordinated with that, flying. Subjects spoken of 10 years ago that sounded visionary, now sounding very ordinary.

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