The Canada 150 Collection

In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, University of Toronto Press is proud to introduce the Canada 150 Collection, a special selection of outstanding books published over the years that bear witness to the depth and breadth of the nation’s history and the diversity of its peoples. These books showcase remarkable achievements as well as uncomfortable truths in Canada’s history, from pre-Confederation to the present. This carefully curated collection includes classic works of cultural, historical, legal, and literary scholarship that have informed and shaped Canada as a nation. A testament to University of Toronto Press’s longstanding commitment to authoritative and boundary-pushing scholarship, the Canada 150 Collection presents works that are essential reading for students, scholars, and anyone with an interest in Canada’s past and future.


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A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth
A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth
By Kenneth McNaught, introduced by Allen Mills

McNaught details the life, work, and principles of J.S Woodsworth and shows the powerful moral and political force that the pacifist, Methodist thinker exerted on Canadian politics.

Published Jun 2017
Canada's Navy, 2nd Edition: The First Century
Canada's Navy, 2nd Edition: The First Century
By Marc Milner

A wide-ranging look at the history of the Canadian Navy, from its beginnings in 18th-century exploration and trade, to its astonishing expansion during the Second World War, through to its current roles in operations with United Nations and NATO forces.

Published Jun 2017
The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood
The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood
Robert J. Sharpe and Patricia I. McMahon

The Persons Case is a comprehensive study of this important event, examining the case itself, the ruling of the Privy Council, and the profound affect that it had on women's rights and the constitutional history of Canada.

Published Jun 2017
Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace
Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace
By J.L. Granatstein

Canada's Army offers a rich analysis of the political context for the battles and events that shaped our understanding of the nation's military. Masterfully written and passionately argued, this book has been lauded as 'belong[ing] on all concerned citizens' bookshelves.'

Published Jun 2017
Bad Attitude(s) on Trial: Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision
Bad Attitude(s) on Trial: Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision
Shannon Bell, Brenda Cossman, Lise Gotell, and Becki L. Ross

Mainstream, or straight, pornography still flourishes, while those centering on gay and lesbian sex and s/m sex, are the focus of censorship. A critical analysis of pornography after the Supreme Court’s Butler (1992) decision.

Published May 2017
The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective
The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective
By David E. Smith

The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective sets the Canadian Senate into this international milieu, contextualizing the debate and arguing for a renewed investigation into its future.

Published May 2017
The Empire of the St. Lawrence: A Study in Commerce and Politics
The Empire of the St. Lawrence: A Study in Commerce and Politics
By Donald Creighton
Introduction by Christopher H. Moore

Creighton examines the trading system that developed along the St. Lawrence River and argues that the exploitation of key staple products by colonial merchants along the St. Lawrence River system was key to Canada’s economic and national development.

Published May 2017
The Gutenberg Galaxy
The Gutenberg Galaxy
By Marshall McLuhan

A must-read for those who inhabit today’s global village, The Gutenberg Galaxy is an indispensable road map for our evolving communication landscape.

Published May 2017
The Struggle for Canadian Sport
The Struggle for Canadian Sport
By Bruce Kidd

The Struggle for Canadian Sport adds to our understanding of the material and social conditions under which people created and elaborated sports and the contested ideological terrain on which sports were played and interpreted.

Published May 2017
Canada's Founding Debates
Canada's Founding Debates
Edited by Janet Ajzenstat, Ian Gentles, Paul Romney, and William D. Gairdner
Canada's Founding Debates offers a fresh and often surprising perspective on Canada's origins, history, and political character.

Previous published by Stoddart Publishing, 1999.

Published May 2017