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Sea Otters


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List of Illustrations
1. Rakkoshima, the Sea Otter Islands
2. Promyshlenniki and Padres
3. Boston Men
4. Near Extinction and Reemergence
5. Nukes, Aquaria, and Cuteness
Appendix: List of Vessels Engaged in the California Sea Otter Trade, 1786-1847

About the Author

Richard Ravalli teaches history at William Jessup University.


"Cute, beloved and once exploited for their fur, sea otters have now become an icon of conservation. How they once came close to, and then bounced back from, extinction is a five-centuries-long tale of international intrigue, trade, conservation and ecotourism."-John R. Platt, Revelator -- John R. Platt * Revelator *
"Histories of animals continue to proliferate with the ongoing "animal turn" in the humanities and social sciences. Ravalli's Sea Otters: A History joins these still-swelling ranks, contributing significantly to our understanding of the contingent nature of the historical experiences of one animal species and human's relationships with it. . . . Ravalli's deft reading of the history of the sea otter (Enhydra lutris) as a history of a global Pacific, and especially the trade in highly valued sea otter pelts, demonstrates how global events might affect a raft of otters and regional otter populations."-J. W. Cox, Choice -- J. W. Cox * Choice *
"[Sea Otters: A History] provides readers with a fascinating overview of the life, times and history of the smallest marine mammal in the North Pacific Ocean. It is at once natural history, commercial history, imperial and nation defining history, species extinction history, conservation history and tourism/entertainment history."-Robin Inglis, Ormsby Review -- Robin Inglis * Ormsby Review *
"Expertly integrating history and biology, this is the one book that tells the full, tragic story of the sea otter from its near extinction to its elevation to icon of cuteness. The sea otter, as Ravalli masterfully relates, has long been at the center of politics, conservation, and tourism in the North Pacific. Before you visit the sea otters at a Pacific aquarium, read this book to understand the fascinating history of how these creatures got there, and how they very nearly did not make it."-Ryan Tucker Jones, associate professor of history at the University of Oregon -- Ryan Tucker Jones
"Well-researched and succinctly told, this is the story of the late eighteenth-century sea otter trade that decimated a unique marine species and revolutionized the Pacific Rim by introducing coastal communities to a global capitalist system."-Jim Hardee, editor of The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal -- Jim Hardee
"Here is the story, richly told, of how these vulnerable mammals-the ermine of Asian markets-were pursued for their lustrous skins and hunted to near extinction. The quest eventually generated a rivalry between seafaring nations and Indigenous peoples along islands and coasts from China to Mexico."-Barry Gough, professor emeritus of history at Wilfrid Laurier University and author of Pax Britannica: Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon -- Barry Gough

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