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Viewpoints: Reading in Canadian History, 1st Edition

By R. Douglas Francis, Donald B. Smith
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Soft Cover
616 pages
ISBN-10: 0176415386
ISBN-13: 9780176415389
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

In Viewpoints we present a collection of articles suitable for introductory Canadian history tutorials. Based on Readings in Canadian History: Pre-Confederation and Post-Confederation volumes, 7th editions, we have selected topics related to major issues explored in Canadian history survey courses. We have included valuable articles of a general nature that deal with the various regions of the country and, whenever possible, ones that reflect new research interests.


  • Companion reader to Journeys: A History of Canada.
  • Viewpoints includes two or three selections on each of fifteen topics, thereby affording instructors flexibility in choosing readings.
  • Short introductions to each topic set the readings in a historical context and offer suggestions for further reading.
  • We have also provided a series of questions in the introduction to each topic. These will guide students in their reading of the articles and serve as a basis for tutorial discussion.

Table of Contents

  • Topic One
  • The First Nations and European Contact
  • Article One
  • Children of Gluskap: Wabanaki Indians on the Eve of the European Invasion
  • Harald E.L. Prins
  • Article Two
  • The French Presence in Huronia: The Structure of Franco-Huron Relations in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century
  • Bruce G. Trigger
  • Article Three
  • To See Ourselves as the Other''s Other: Nlaka''pamux Contact Narratives
  • Wendy C. Wickwire
  • Topic Two
  • Acadia
  • Article Four
  • The Golden Age: Acadian Life, 1713-1748
  • Naomi Griffiths
  • Article Five
  • Imperial Transitions
  • Elizabeth Mancke
  • Topic Three
  • The Conquest and Its Aftermath
  • Article Six
  • The Battle of Quebec: A Reappraisal
  • W.J. Eccles
  • Article Seven
  • A Change in Climate: The Conquest and the Marchands of Montreal
  • Jose Igartua
  • Article Eight
  • The Fall of New France
  • Allan Greer
  • Topic Four
  • Upper Canada and the War of 1812
  • Article Nine
  • Reluctant Warriors: British North Americans and the War of 1812
  • E. Jane Errington
  • Article Ten
  • "Of Slender Frame and Delicate Appearance": The Placing of Laura Secord in the Narratives of Canadian Loyalist History
  • Cecilia Morgan
  • Topic Five
  • Rupert''s Land and the Red River Colony
  • Article Eleven
  • The Flock Divided: Factions and Feuds at Red River
  • Frits Pannekoek
  • Article Twelve
  • The Metis and Mixed Bloods of Rupert''s Land before 1870
  • Irene M. Spry
  • Article Thirteen
  • The Michif Language of the Metis
  • Peter Bakker
  • Topic Six
  • Pacific Coast
  • Article Fourteen
  • Tracing the Fortunes of Five Founding Families of Victoria
  • Sylvia Van Kirk
  • Article Fifteen
  • Hardy Backwoodsmen, Wholesome Women, and Steady Families: Immigration and the Construction of a White Society in Colonial British Columbia, 1849-1871
  • Adele Perry
  • Topic Seven
  • Confederation
  • Article Sixteen
  • The Case Against Canadian Confederation
  • Ged Martin
  • Article Seventeen
  • Current Canadian Constitutionalism and the 1865 Confederation Debates
  • John A. Rohr
  • Article Eighteen
  • Was Canada Meant to Be a Democracy?
  • Paul Romney
  • Topic Eight
  • The North West Rebellion of 1885
  • Article Nineteen
  • The Metis Militant Rebels of 1885
  • David Lee
  • Article Twenty
  • The Indian Version of the Rebellion: An Untold Story
  • A. Blair Stonechild
  • Topic Nine
  • Racism and Nationalism
  • Article Twenty-One
  • Taming Aboriginal Sexuality: Gender, Power, and Race in British Columbia, 1850-1900
  • Jean Barman
  • Article Twenty-Two
  • Reluctant Hosts: Anglo-Canadian Views of Multiculturalism in the Twentieth Century
  • Howard Palmer
  • Article Twenty-Three
  • Race and Recruitment in World War I: Enlistment of Visible Minorities in the Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • James W. St.G. Walker
  • Topic Ten
  • The Impact of Industrialization
  • Article Twenty-Four
  • Gender at Work at Home: Family Decisions, the Labour Market, and Girls'' Contributions to the Family Economy
  • Bettina Bradbury
  • Article Twenty-Five
  • Joe Beef of Montreal: Working-Class Culture and the Tavern, 1869-1889
  • Peter DeLottinville
  • Topic Eleven
  • World War I
  • Article Twenty-Six
  • An Open Letter from Capt. Talbot Papineau to Mr. Henri Bourassa
  • Mr. Bourassa''s Reply to Capt. Talbot Papineau''s Letter
  • Article Twenty-Seven
  • Ghosts Have Warm Hands
  • Will R. Bird
  • Article Twenty-Eight
  • Recruiting, 1914-1916
  • Ronald G. Haycock
  • Topic Twelve
  • Foreign Policy and World War II
  • Article Twenty-Nine
  • Battle Exhaustion and the Canadian Soldier in Normandy
  • J. Terry Copp
  • Article Thirty
  • Staring into the Abyss
  • Jack Granatstein
  • Topic Thirteen
  • Gender and the Consumer Society
  • Article Thirty-One
  • Home Dreams: Women and the Suburban Experiment in Canada, 1945-1960
  • Veronica Strong-Boag
  • Article Thirty-Two
  • Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the Good Life During Canada''s Baby Boom, 1945-1965
  • Robert Rutherdale
  • Topic Fourteen
  • Quebec/Canada
  • Article Thirty-Three
  • The Quieter Revolution: Evolving Representations of National Identity in English Canada, 1941-1960.
  • Jose Igartua,
  • Article Thirty-Four
  • Quebec-Canada''s Constitutional Dossier
  • Alain-G. Gagnon
  • Topic Fifteen
  • Entering the Twenty-First Century
  • Article Thirty-Five
  • Aboriginal Peoples in the Twenty-First Century: A Plea for Realism
  • Alan C. Cairns
  • Article Thirty-Six
  • The Merits of Multiculturalism
  • Will Kymlicka
  • Article Thirty-Seven
  • Climate Change and Canadian Sovereignty in the Northwest Passage
  • Rob Huebert
  • Contributors
  • Photo Credits
  • Index

Author Information

R. Douglas Francis

Douglas Francis teaches Canadian history at the University of Calgary. He has published Frank H. Underhill: Intellectual Provocateur (University of Toronto Press, 1986), which won the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize (1986) for the best book published on a subject of national and international importance, and Images of the West: Changing Perceptions of the Prairies, 1690-1960 (Western Producer Prairie Books, 1989), which was awarded a Regional Award of Merit from the Association for Canadian Studies. Mr. Francis co-authored a two-volume history of Canada: Origins: Canadian History to 1867 and Destinies: Canadian History since 1867, 6th ed (Nelson, 2008), and a one-volume history, Journeys: A History of Canada (Nelson Thomson Learning, 2005). In addition to writing, he has edited a number of books (with Donald B. Smith) including Readings in Canadian History: Pre-Confederation and Readings in Canadian History: Post-Confederation, 7th editions (Nelson Thomson Learning, 2006) He has published numerous articles in Canadian intellectual and Western Canadian history. He was Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies in Japan from 1991 to 1993, and in Dresden, Germany in 2005.

Donald B. Smith

Donald Smith was born in Toronto in l946, and raised in Oakville, Ontario. He prepared both his B.A. and his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and his M.A. at the Universite Laval in Quebec City. In l974 he began teaching Canadian history at the University of Calgary. Professor Smith's main research field is Native History, an area in which he has published three biographies: Long Land. The True Story of an Impostor (l982): Sacred Feathers. The Reverend Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Indians (1987), and From the Land of Shadows. The Making of Grey Oel (l990). Currently he is writing a history of twentieth century Calgary.