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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: Andrew Scott dives into the history of utopian British Columbia settlements, unpacking 150 years of alternative and experimental communities that have both flourished and failed on B.C. soil.
Book Review: In Cold Case Vancouver, Eve Lazarus examines eighteen of the city’s unsolved murders. Lazarus combed archives, newspapers, and obituaries as well as the memories of families, victims’ friends, and retired police detectives. Her book is an excellent read for history and mystery buffs alike.
Book Review: In Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History, Ray presents a comparative study of the use of historical evidence in court proceedings regarding Aboriginal rights and treaty claims in Canada and other countries.
Book Review: Despite their role in many key victories of the war, it wasn’t until two hundred years later that the Newfoundlanders earned any battle honours.