History of the Canadian Peoples: 1867 to the Present, Vol. 2 (5th Edition)

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9780321539083: History of the Canadian Peoples: 1867 to the Present, Vol. 2 (5th Edition)

The History of the Canadian Peoples has been one of the most-respected Canadian history texts for many years. The fifth edition builds on established strengths – superior author reputations, social history focus, four-colour design, and student-friendly, vivid writing style – with the addition of some attractive new features. Maps have been re-drawn and augmented; there are more colour illustrations throughout; and highlight boxes point out and explain aspects of historiography. For Volume 2, there is new coverage of the twenty-first century in an entirely new chapter. 

 

This text provides an inclusive history of Canada, covering not only the achievements of the rich and powerful, but also the lives of Aboriginal peoples, women, racial and ethnic minorities, and the poor, who also helped create the Canada we know today. The balance of political/economic history with social history is delicately managed.

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Professor Margaret Conrad holds degrees from Acadia (BA Honours History 1967) and the University of Toronto (MA 1968 and PhD 1979). A member of the History Department of Acadia University from 1969 to 2002, Professor Conrad was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick in 2002. She also served as an adjunct Professor of History at Dalhousie from 1992 to 2002. In 1995 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and, from 1996 to 1998, held Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

            Professor Conrad was a founding member of the Editorial Board of Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, of which she was co-editor from 1977 to 1985, and she served as co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review from 1997 to 2000. She is also Past- President of the Canadian Historical Association (2005-07).

 

Professor Alvin Finkel is the author of a variety of historical works, ranging from histories of the Social Credit movement in Canada and the welfare state to a co-written study of the collaboration between British conservatives and the Nazis in the 1930s. 

            Professor Finkel studied at the University of Manitoba, where he received his B.A. and M.A., and at the University of Toronto, where he received his PhD in 1976. Since 1978 he has been a professor of Canadian history at Athabasca University. A former editor of Prairie Forum, he is currently the book review editor for Labour/Le Travail.

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[History of the Canadian Peoples, Volume 2] is effective in being right up to date.  It is generally comprehensive, and strong on international political (constitution — I really like the treatment of this topic!), social, and cultural issues...I prefer its style and structure...I am pleased with what I see and I would certainly encourage our department to use it.

- Professor, Camosun College

 

...In particular I want t o compliment the writing which is wonderfully engaging and never obtuse.  By the same token, I’m glad to see that the authors have not ‘dumbed down’ their narrative style.  My hat is off to them for straddling that fine line between academic jargon and colloquialism.  Very accessible. 

I also like the general structure of the book: that the authors went through the period with one theme and then through it again with another.  This, it seems to me, works very well and should allow instructors to tailor their readings to their particular orientation ...I am impressed with the book’s currency, and as I said, the writing is wonderful.

- Thor Frohn-Nielsen, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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