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Readings In Canadian History: Post-Confederation, 7th Edition

By R. Douglas Francis, Donald B. Smith
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Soft Cover
660 pages
ISBN-10: 0176415378
ISBN-13: 9780176415372
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 7th

Substantially revised in its 7th Edition, Readings in Canadian History: Post-Confederation is a set of highly readable articles that have been chosen specifically to meet the needs of first and second year students of Canadian history. The variety and quality of the readings ensures stimulating classroom or tutorial discussion. The editors have provided a short introduction to each topic, extensive suggestions for further reading, and a short biography of each article's author.


  • *NEW* NEW material constitutes more than 40% of the text
  • *NEW* NEW topics such as: Gender and the Consumer Society, Rights, Equality and Diversity, Entering The Twenty-first Century
  • *NEW* More depth on coverage of World War II
  • *NEW* Readings that deal with a wider variety of regions of Canada and that reflect NEW research interests among Canadian Historians
  • *NEW* 38 articles, 4 more readings than the previous edition and 18 NEW readings
  • *NEW* NEW weblinks have been added at the end of each topic opener and have also added questions for the students within each topic opener
  • Each topic includes two readings, providing a different approach to common issues
  • Topic openers include drawings or photographs, helping to pique student interest in the material
  • Includes coverage of the contribution of women, aboriginal peoples, and the Atlantic region, areas which are often neglected in historical readers
  • Fits seamlessly with the coverage in Origins: Canadian History to Confederation. Fourth Edition.
  • The large number of articles on a wide variety of subjects ensures an instructor has freedom and flexibility in course design
  • Takes a balanced approach to Canadian history, including political and social coverage, with representative content from aboriginal, gender, and regional sources
  • Short introductions to each topic position the selections in a historical context and offer suggestions for further reading

Table of Contents

  • Topic One
  • An Era of Nation Building
  • Article One
  • Current Canadian Constitutionalism and the 1865 Confederation Debates
  • John Rohr
  • Article Two
  • The Nationalism of the National Policy
  • Craig Brown
  • Article Three
  • The Philosophy of Railways: Conclusions and Conjectures
  • A.A. den Otter
  • Topic Two
  • Regional and National Conflict in the Late 19th Century
  • Article Four
  • Provincial Rights
  • Peter H. Russell
  • Article Five
  • Unity/Diversity: The Canadian Experience; From Confederation to the First World War
  • J.R. Miller
  • Topic Three
  • The North-West Rebellion of 1885
  • Article Six
  • The Metis Militant Rebels of 1885
  • David Lee
  • Article Seven
  • The Indian Version of the Rebellion: An Untold Story
  • A. Blair Stonechild
  • Topic Four
  • Imperialism, Continentalism, and Nationalism
  • Article Eight
  • Imperialism and Nationalism, 1884-1914: A Conflict in Canadian Thought
  • Carl Berger
  • Article Nine
  • Henri Bourassa on Imperialism and Biculturalism, 1900-1918
  • Joseph Levitt
  • Article Ten
  • Casting Daylight upon Magic: Deconstructing the Royal Tour of 1901 to Canada
  • Phillip Buckner
  • Topic Five
  • Racism and Nationalism
  • Article Eleven
  • Taming Aboriginal Sexuality: Gender, Power, and Race in British Columbia, 1850-1900
  • Jean Barman
  • Article Twelve
  • Reluctant Hosts: Anglo-Canadian Views of Multiculturalism in the Twentieth Century
  • Howard Palmer
  • Article Thirteen
  • Race and Recruitment in World War I: Enlistment of Visible Minorities in the Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • James W. St.G. Walker
  • Topic Six
  • The Impact of Industrialization
  • Article Fourteen
  • Gender at Work at Home: Family Decisions, the Labour Market, and Girls'' Contributions to the Family Economy
  • Bettina Bradbury
  • Article Fifteen
  • Joe Beef of Montreal: Working-Class Culture and the Tavern, 1869-1889
  • Peter DeLottinville
  • Topic Seven
  • Late-19th-Century Cultural Values in English-Speaking Canada
  • Article Sixteen
  • Idealized Middle-Class Sport for a Young Nation: Lacrosse in Nineteenth-Century Ontario Towns, 1871-1891
  • Nancy B. Bouchier
  • Article Seventeen
  • Gendered Baselines: The Tour of the Chicago Blackstockings
  • Colin D. Howell
  • Article Eighteen
  • Femininity First. Sport and Physical Education for Ontario Girls, 1890-1930
  • Helen Lenskyj
  • Topic Eight
  • Urbanization in Canada
  • Article Nineteen
  • "Holy Retreat" or "Practical Breathing Spot"?: Class Perceptions of Vancouver''s Stanley Park
  • Robert A. J. McDonald
  • Article Twenty
  • "Reckless Walking Must Be Discouraged": The Automobile Revolution and the Shaping of Modern Urban Canada to 1930
  • Stephen Davies
  • Topic Nine
  • World War I
  • Article Twenty-One
  • An Open Letter from Capt. Talbot Papineau to Mr. Henri Bourassa
  • Article Twenty-Two
  • Ghosts Have Warm Hands
  • Will R. Bird
  • Article Twenty-Three
  • Recruiting, 1914-1916
  • Ronald G. Haycock
  • Topic Ten
  • Unemployment and the Welfare State in the Interwar Years
  • Article Twenty-Four
  • The Great War, the State, and Working-Class Canada
  • Craig Heron and Myer Siermiatycki
  • Article Twenty-Five
  • "We Who Have Wallowed in the Mud of Flanders": First World War Veterans, Unemployment, and the Development of Social Welfare in Canada, 1929-1939
  • Lara Campbell
  • Article Twenty-Six
  • Canadian Unemployment Policy in the 1930s
  • James Struthers
  • Topic Eleven
  • Foreign Policy and World War II
  • Article Twenty-Seven
  • "A Low Dishonest Decade": Aspects of Canadian External Policy, 1931-1939
  • James Eayrs
  • Article Twenty-Eight
  • Staring into the Abyss
  • Jack Granatstein
  • Article Twenty-Nine
  • Battle Exhaustion and the Canadian Soldier in Normandy
  • J. Terry Copp
  • Topic Twelve
  • Gender and the Consumer Society
  • Article Thirty
  • Home Dreams: Women and the Suburban Experiment in Canada, 1945-1960
  • Veronica Strong-Boag
  • Article Thirty-One
  • Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the Good Life During Canada''s Baby Boon, 1945-1965
  • Robert Rutherdale
  • Topic Thirteen
  • Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity
  • Article Thirty-Two
  • The Merits of Multiculturalism
  • Will Kymlicka
  • Article Thirty-Three
  • Multiculturalism, National Identity, and National Integration: The Canadian Case
  • John Harles
  • Topic Fourteen
  • Quebec/Canada
  • Article Thirty-Four
  • Politics and the Reinforcement of the French Language in Canada and Quebec, 1960-1986
  • Richard Jones
  • Article Thirty-Five
  • Quebec-Canada''s Constitutional Dossier
  • Alain-G. Gagnon
  • Topic Fifteen
  • Entering the 21st Century
  • Article Thirty-Six
  • Aboriginal Peoples in the Twenty-First Century: A Plea for Realism
  • Alan C. Cairns
  • Article Thirty-Seven
  • Canadian Politics at the End of the Millennium: Old Dreams, New Nightmares
  • Reg Whitaker
  • Article Thirty-Eight
  • Climate Change and Canadian Sovereignty in the Northwest Passage
  • Rob Huebert
  • ContributorsPhoto Credits

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.