Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Back to school roundup

Active History returns from hiatus with Alan MacEachern going deep on Bering Land Bridge theory -- and, it seems, the penchant of Canadian history textbooks for publicizing somewhat cranky versions of human origins in the Americas.

Borealia continues its survey of new books in early Canadian history, including The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, by Ann M. Little, who is also American blogger Historiann -- and lately too caught up in American politics  (national and academic) to blog much about history.
Economic Principals asks if there is room in the academy for history of economics -- and notes a couple of worthwhile Canadian initiatives in the field.

The Vancouver Sun interviews historian Daniel Francis, who, in presenting the history of his hometown, offers us the concept of the "wilderburb."
"A wilderburb is a community situated at the interface between urban and wilderness, a community that combines the density of city living with direct access to the outdoors. The idea of a bear in your backyard, a very familiar phenomenon in North Vancouver, very much encapsulates the District’s identity."
We must have quite of few of those across Canada. I was thinking any community at some risk of being destroyed by forest fire would fit the definition.  But I don't know if the suburbs of Los Angeles should qualify.

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