By Ronald E. Doel, Kristine C. Harper, Matthias Heymann

Using newly declassified records, this e-book explores why U.S. army leaders after global struggle II sought to observe the a long way north and comprehend the actual surroundings of Greenland, an important territory of Denmark. It finds a desirable but little-known realm of chilly struggle intrigue and a fragile diplomatic duet among a smaller country and a superpower amid a time of excessive worldwide pressures. Written via students in Denmark and the us, this publication explores many compelling themes. What resulted in the construction of the U.S. Thule Air Base in Greenland, one of many world’s greatest, and why did the U.S. construct a nuclear-powered urban lower than Greenland’s ice cap? How did Danish obstacle approximately sovereignty form clinical study courses in Greenland? additionally explored the following: why did Denmark’s most famed scientist, Inge Lehmann, turned desirous about learn in Greenland, and what overseas reverberations resulted from the crash of a U.S. B-52 bomber sporting 4 nuclear guns close to Thule in January 1968?

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27 Even as details of Washington’s conflict with Copenhagen over the ship became public—Newsweek broke the story on 4 July—US leaders had not yet reached a final decision on what to do. E. ”28 But within two weeks, at the highest levels in Washington, the needs of North American continental defense began to outweigh all other considerations. ”29 The tanker sale proceeded. Supporting the technological system on which national security policy now depended was now a guiding consideration in US foreign policy.

A separate group, the Dorset Palaeo-Eskimos, had lived in Northwest Greenland and Arctic Canada; see Bjarne Grønnow and Mikkel Sørensen, “Palaeo-eskimo migrations into Greenland: the Canadian connection,” Dynamics of northern societies (National Museum Studies in Archaeology and History Vol. 10) (Copenhagen: Nationalmuseet, 2006), 59–74. 11. McCannon, History of the Arctic, 72. INTRODUCTION: EXPLORING GREENLAND’S SECRETS 19 12.  Seaver, The Frozen Echo: Greenland and the Exploration of North America, ca.

24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. stm, accessed 20 June 2013]; and Svend Aage Christensen, The Marshal’s Baton: There is no bomb, there was no bomb, they were not looking for a bomb [DIIS Report 18] (Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies, 2009). ” DUPI, Grønland under den kolde krig; Thorsten Borring Olesen & Poul Villaume, “I blokopdelingens tegn 1945–1972,”Dansk udenrigspolitiks historie, vol. ” Olesen, “Tango for Thule,” 147. Cindy Vertergaard, “Going non-nuclear in the nuclear alliance: the Danish experience in NATO,” European Security 23, no.

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