A New Look at the Alaska Purchase
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
This book aims to correct that. Lee Farrow offers here a detailed account of just what the Alaska Purchase was, how it came about, its impact at the time, and more. Farrow shows why both America and Russia had plenty of good reasons to want the sale to occur, including Russia’s desire to let go of an unprofitable, hard-to-manage colony and the belief in the United States that securing Alaska could help the nation gain control of British Columbia and generate closer trade ties with Asia . Farrow also delves into the implications of the deal for foreign policy and international diplomacy far beyond Russia and the United States at a moment when the global balance of power was in question.
A thorough, readable retelling of a story we only think we know, Seward’s Folly will become the standard book on the Alaska Purchase.
Some Mysterious Sympathy: The Foundations of the Russian-American Friendship
Evident Advantages: Origins and Objectives
Seward’s Chimerical Project: Public Reaction and the Ratification
No Longer Russian America: Taking Possession of Alaska
Paying for the “New National Ice-House.” Approval and Appropriation
Very Uneasy and Vexed: International Reactions to the Purchase
That Snowbound Wilderness: From Treaty to Territory