Themes in Canadian History

Books in this series are designed for undergraduate courses and fill the gap between specialized monographs and textbooks. Rich with detailed insights on both history and historiography, these titles are indispensable tools for all Canadian studies classrooms.


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Canada's Rural Majority: Households, Environments, and Economies, 1870-1940
Canada's Rural Majority: Households, Environments, and Economies, 1870-1940
By R.W. Sandwell

Canada’s Rural Majority is an engaging and accessible history of the distinctive experience of Canada's rural population, including not only farmers, but also hunters, gardeners, fishers, miners, loggers, and cannery workers who lived and worked in rural Canada.

Published Feb 2016
Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory, 1850s-1990s
Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory, 1850s-1990s
By Cecilia Morgan

Commemorating Canada is a concise narrative overview of the development of history and commemoration in Canada, designed for use in courses on public history, historical memory, heritage preservation, and related areas.

Published Feb 2016
A Nation in Conflict: Canada and the Two World Wars
A Nation in Conflict: Canada and the Two World Wars
By Andrew Iarocci and Jeffrey A. Keshen

Written both for classroom use and for the general reader, A Nation in Conflict is an accessible introduction to the complexities of Canada’s involvement in the twentieth century’s most important conflicts.

Published Dec 2015
A Short History of the State in Canada
A Short History of the State in Canada
By E.A. Heaman

A Short History of the State in Canada is a valuable introduction to the topic for political scientists, historians, and anyone interested in Canada’s past and present.

Published Oct 2015
Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century
Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century
By Neil S. Forkey

Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century provides an accessible synthesis of the most important recent work in the field, making it a truly state-of-the-art contribution to Canadian environmental history.

Published Jun 2012
Christian Churches and Their Peoples, 1840-1965: A Social History of Religion in Canada
Christian Churches and Their Peoples, 1840-1965: A Social History of Religion in Canada
By Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau

Christian Churches and Their Peoples demonstrates that the cultural authority and regulatory practices of religious institutions both affirmed and opposed the personal religious values of Canadians, ultimately facilitating their elaboration of personal, ethnic, gender, and national identities.

Published Dec 2010
Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939
Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939
By Ruth A. Frager and Carmela Patrias

Discounted Labour is an essential new work for anyone interested in the historical struggle for gender equality in Canada.

Published Feb 2006
Creeping Conformity: How Canada Became Suburban, 1900-1960
Creeping Conformity: How Canada Became Suburban, 1900-1960
By Richard Harris

Creeping Conformity, the first history of suburbanization in Canada, provides a geographical perspective – both physical and social – on Canada's suburban past.

Published Jun 2004
Blood, Sweat, and Cheers: Sport and the Making of Modern Canada
Blood, Sweat, and Cheers: Sport and the Making of Modern Canada
By Colin Howell

A look at the contribution of sport to the making of the Canadian nation, focusing on the gradual transition from rural sporting practices to the emphasis on team sports that accompanied the industrial and urban transition.

Published May 2001
Aboriginal People and Colonizers of Western Canada to 1900
Aboriginal People and Colonizers of Western Canada to 1900
By Sarah Carter

A comprehensive survey of relations between Aboriginal peoples and colonizers of Western Canada, with a strong emphasis on the multiplicity of current perspectives on the issues.

Published Dec 1999