Tuesday, August 09, 2011

What have the historians got for us this fall?

[First in a series looking at some of the publishers and their lists of forthcoming history titles]

University of Toronto Press has a long and diverse list that seems to undermine the theory that Canadianists do not write about pre-twentieth century topics.  Titles forthcoming, and in some cases already published, include:
  • Jan Noel, The First French Canadian Women, examining the first couple of generations of daughters of the founding population of New France.
  • Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties, an essay collection on a booming subject, from Lara Campbell, Dominique Clement, and Greg Kealey (some of whom were dissenting in the sixties and some who were unborn, I'm guessing)
  • Elections in Oxford County 1838-75 by George Emery, a micro-analysis of politics in one Ontario county in the era of "open" (ie, no secret ballot) voting and democratic reform.
  • Carmela Patrias, Jobs and Justice: Fighting Discrimination in Wartime Canada, 1939-45
  • The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History 1794-1928 by William C. Wicken
  • Jerry Bannister's The Loyal Atlantic: Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era
  • A study of public history edited by Nicole Neatby and Peter Hodgins: Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History.
  • Eli MacLaren's Dominion and Agency  -- a history of Canadian copyright and the role of the national government

-- plus many more studies relating to Canadian history, some Osgoode Society titles I'll pick up another time, biographies, autobiographies.  UTP's CanHist list is here.

Update, August 11:  Andrew Smith, whose recent observations about the shortage on pre-20th century Canadian history were indeed in my mind when I wrote this post, continues the discussion here.
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