Origins: Canadian History to Confederation, 8th Edition
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Origins and its post-Confederation partner Destinies continue their unrivalled ability to tell the story of the history of Canada by balancing different types of history while maintaining a coherent narrative that does not drown the reader in detail. In their new editions, these books have made even greater investment in student engagement, from beautiful production values to a careful integration of social history, with relevant examples that show readers history in the novels and films around them.
- *NEW* The authors have expanded coverage of environmental history, recognizing how issues such as oil sands extraction and climate change have grown in prominence.
- *NEW* Expanded coverage of Canada's position in the Atlantic world—tied as it has historically been to Western Europe and the United States—moves readers beyond the nation state toward a more thorough consideration of history in transnational and international terms.
- *NEW* In keeping with a greater awareness of the nation's settler colonial past, the authors have incorporated more history of the First Nations and of Canada's treatment of them.
- Origins continues its successful tradition of taking a narrative approach to history, telling the story of Canada from the last Ice Age to Confederation in 1867, while also recognizing changes in Canadian historical scholarship.
- Structured chronologically to help students understand how events developed over time, Origins is divided into large thematic sections, each introduced by a brief overview of topics highlighted in the section's chapters.
- Each chapter treats a period (or region or theme) and begins with a "Time Line" listing the key events discussed (exceptions occur when the colonies were developing independently, in which case their histories are presented regionally).
- "Where Historians Disagree" boxes provide a historiographical perspective by highlighting some of the most contentious debates in history, along with highlighting some of the innovative work being done by Canadian historians.
- Historical Portraits feature both well-known and not-so-well-known people whose lives and experiences reflect important issues and trends.
- Community Portraits highlight the contributions of selected communities.
Table of Contents
- List of Maps
- Chapter 1: The First Peoples
- Part One: Early European Settlement to 1760
- Chapter 2: The Arrival of the Europeans
- Chapter 3: The Beginnings of New France
- Chapter 4: The Iroquois, the Wendat (Huron), and the French
- Chapter 5: Province de France, 1663?1760
- Chapter 6: The Acadians
- Chapter 7: The Struggle for a Continent
- Part Two: Colonial Societies in British North America, 1760 to 1815
- Chapter 8: The Conquest of Quebec, 1760?1774
- Chapter 9: Quebec Society in the Late Eighteenth Century
- Chapter 10: Maritime Society, 1760?1815
- Chapter 11: Upper Canada, 1791?1815
- Chapter 12: The Fur Trade and the Northwest, 1700?1821
- Part Three: The Canadas, 1815 to the 1860s
- Chapter 13: Rebellion and Change on the St. Lawrence
- Chapter 14: Growth and Rebellion in Upper Canada
- Chapter 15: The Union of the Canadas: Economic and Social Developments, 1840?1864
- Chapter 16: The Union of the Canadas: Political Developments, 1840?1864
- Part Four: Colonies and Hinterlands, 1815 to 1867
- Chapter 17: The Maritime Colonies, 1815?1864
- Chapter 18: Newfoundland: The Land Apart
- Chapter 19: The Northwest
- Chapter 20: The Pacific Coast
- Part Five: Toward Confederation
- Chapter 21: The Road to Confederation