Canadian Social History Series


The Canadian Social History series is devoted to in-depth studies of major themes in our history, exploring neglected areas in the day-to-day existence of Canadians. The emphasis of this innovative series is on increasing the general appreciation of our past and opening up new areas of study for students and scholars.

Editor: Gregory S. Kealey

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Rough Work: Labourers on the Public Work of British North America and Canada, 18411882
Rough Work: Labourers on the Public Work of British North America and Canada, 1841–1882
By Ruth Bleasdale

Rough Work is an accessibly written yet rigorous study of the galvanization of a major segment of Canada’s labour force over four decades of social and economic transformation.

Available Feb 2018
An Exceptional Law: Section 98 and the Emergency State, 1919-1936
An Exceptional Law: Section 98 and the Emergency State, 1919-1936
By Dennis G. Molinaro

An Exceptional Law showcases how the emergency law used to repress labour activism during the First World War became normalized with the creation of Section 98 of the Criminal Code, following the Winnipeg General Strike.

Published Apr 2017
The Dignity of Every Human Being: New Brunswick Artists and Canadian Culture between the Great Depression and the Cold War
The Dignity of Every Human Being: New Brunswick Artists and Canadian Culture between the Great Depression and the Cold War
By Kirk Niergarth

“The Dignity of Every Human Being” studies the vibrant New Brunswick artistic community which challenged “the tyranny of the Group of Seven” with socially-engaged realism in the 1930s and 40s.

Published Feb 2015
Dominion of Capital: The Politics of Big Business and the Crisis of the Canadian Bourgeoisie, 1914-1947
Dominion of Capital: The Politics of Big Business and the Crisis of the Canadian Bourgeoisie, 1914-1947
By Don Nerbas

Dominion of Capital offers a new account of relations between government and business in Canada during a period of transition between the established expectations of the National Policy and the uncertain future of the twentieth century.

Published Jul 2013
Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba
Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba
By Janis Thiessen

Complemented with interviews with workers, managers, and business owners, Manufacturing Mennonites pioneers two important new trajectories for scholarship - how religion can affect business history, and how class relations have influenced religious history.

Published Apr 2013
Debating Dissent: Canada and the 1960s
Debating Dissent: Canada and the 1960s
Edited by Lara Campbell, Dominique Clément, and Greg Kealey

Touching on the decade’s biggest issues, from changing cultural norms to the role of the state, Debating Dissent critically examines ideas of generational change and the sixties.

Published Oct 2012
Re-Imagining Ukrainian-Canadians: History, Politics, and Identity
Re-Imagining Ukrainian-Canadians: History, Politics, and Identity

Edited by Rhonda L. Hinther and Jim Mochoruk

Re-Imagining Ukrainian-Canadians uses new sources and non-traditional methods of analysis to answer unstudied and often controversial questions within the field.

Published Feb 2011
Make the Night Hideous: Four English-Canadian Charivaris, 1881-1940
Make the Night Hideous: Four English-Canadian Charivaris, 1881-1940

by Pauline Greenhill

Make the Night Hideous explores mysterious transformation of the charivari using four detailed case studies from different time periods and locations across English Canada, as well as first-person accounts of more recent charivari participants.

Published Nov 2010
When the State Trembled: How A.J. Andrews and the Citizens' Committee Broke the Winnipeg General Strike
When the State Trembled: How A.J. Andrews and the Citizens' Committee Broke the Winnipeg General Strike
By Reinhold Kramer and Tom Mitchell.

When the State Trembled recovers the hitherto untold story of the Citizens' Committee of 1000, formed by Winnipeg's business elite in order to crush the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919.

Published Sep 2010
Making and Breaking the Rules: Women in Quebec, 1919-1939
Making and Breaking the Rules: Women in Quebec, 1919-1939

By Andrée Lévesque

Translated by Yvonne M. Klein

By examining the underside of a staid and repressive society, Andrée Lévesque reveals an alternate and more accurate history of women and sexual politics in early twentieth-century Quebec.

Published Feb 2010