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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: John F. Kennedy knew little about Canada before becoming the United States president in 1960, other than that his northern neighbour was a loyal ally.
Book Review: Donald Creighton (1902–1979) wrote about the history of Canada “as if it mattered.” Biographer Donald Wright suggests that Creighton also matters and has produced an engaging portrait of a scholar and public intellectual who dominated his profession at mid-century but who came to be seen as quaint, even embarrassing, by many colleagues.
Book Review: With the reintroduction of wild bison to Banff National Park in February 2017, this book offers a timely reflection on the efforts made by so many people to return this magnificent beast to its historic home.
Book Review: Author Ronald Rees’ biography of William Francis Ganong is traditional in the sense that there are less images, but more personal details. For instance, as a child he was so “obsessively orderly” that he recorded agreements with his siblings and tracked responsibilities for household chores.