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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: Shawn Smallman’s Dangerous Spirits is a fascinating look at the stories of the Windigo heard by early missionaries, fur traders, colonial officials, and legal authorities, and at those told by Indigenous elders.
Book Review: Author and journalist Kay Parley spent years in a mental institution, first as a patient and then as a psychiatric nurse. Her book covers her institutionalization at Weyburn Mental Hospital in Saskatchewan — “The Mental” — after a 1948 breakdown as well as her work there from the mid-1950s and through the 1960s.
Book Review: Guitard’s focus is on a handful of the many field trips Ganong undertook during his summer breaks from teaching botany at Smith College in Massachusetts. These forays into New Brunswick’s wilderness yielded a wealth of information about the province’s natural history.
From a northern city to a writer’s backyard — Canadian history books that have been recognized in 2017 and early 2018.