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  • "In 1958, Iceland extended its territorial limit to twelve miles.... the British government sent a formal letter of protest.... And so began what the British press labeled 'the Cod Wars.' There were three, though there was never a declaration of war nor a single death. The lack of casualties can only be attributed to a great deal of luck on both sides."

    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 162

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    July 17, 2009