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Book Review: If anyone can take the topic of colonial settlement on the prairies and make it sing, it’s Carter. A historian in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, her focus is the intersection of gendered colonial-Indigenous relations on the prairies. With Imperial Plots, Carter has again proven her talents.
Book Review: The cycle of life on the Canadian prairies has always revolved around the land. From Aboriginal reliance on the bison, to potash in the modern economy, it always goes back to the land. In A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905, noted historian Bill Waiser reveals a sweeping panorama of the archaeology and Indigenous life of the region and the factors that played into its development.
Book Review: Every student of Canadian history learns at one time or another that in September 1759 the British led by James Wolfe defeated the French under the command of Louis-Joseph de Montcalm at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
Book Review: Many historians would love to have the chance to redo their most important works. This book is an expanded, updated, and much-improved version of a book Gough wrote in 1971. Britannia’s Navy will help to inform researchers and scholars for decades to come.
Book Review: The Group of Seven were shrewd self-mythologizers. Their overwhelming presence has tended to eclipse Canadian artists who worked around the turn of the twentieth century. A.K. Prakash’s Impressionism in Canada is a much needed corrective.
Book Review: This book is a major undertaking from three authors who are diverse in their interests and experience.
Book Review: Author Ernest Robert Zimmerman, a former Lakehead University history professor, grew up in wartime Nazi Germany. His comprehensive book sheds light on a slice of history that brought European prisoners of war and other internees to an isolated Canadian community.
Book Review: Official commemoration without conflict is rare. Struggling over how best to know ourselves is not unique to the twenty-first century. Cecilia Morgan, a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, recounts in Commemorating Canada how Canadians have always grappled with making meaning of their shared and divisive history.
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Book Review: Jean Barman’s book Abenaki Daring: The Life and Writings of Noel Annance, 1792–1869 provides a fascinating glimpse into the experiences of a man whose career and whose life as an Indigenous person and as a proclaimed “gentleman” dared to challenge the exclusion he faced within the context of the developing Dominion.
Book review: Peace, love, and … labour? Perhaps not as sexy a description as we usually see for the 1960s and 1970s, but Ian Milligan’s Rebel Youth argues that it was the labour class, above all else, that drove youth to participate in civil upheaval in the mid-twentieth century.
Book Review: In the book The Missing Millionaire, Katie Daubs introduces readers to Ambrose Small, a theatre magnate who built up a small empire in southwestern Ontario and seemingly disappeared into thin air.