Wednesday, August 25, 2021

CanHist conquers Russia

Anyone going to the 8th Canadian Studies Conference being held by the Canadian Studies Centre at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, from September 30 to October 1, 2021?

No? Me neither. (Pending possible Zoom arrangements, anyway.)

But the conference will launch the Russian-language edition of The Illustrated History of Canada, I learn from Professor Yuri Akimov, director of the Centre, who has supervised the translation. He reports The Illustrated History of Canada will be the first book of Canadian history to be translated into Russian since the works of Stanley B. Ryerson were translated in the Soviet Union of the 1960s.  (Can this be true? Information would be gratefully received.)

Happily the Illustrated History remains available in English in a handsome (and much updated since 1987) edition from McGill Queen's University Press. Its French and Spanish translations also endure, as far as I know.

Of its authors, only Graeme Wynn, Arthur Ray and I endure. Craig, Ramsay, Desmond, and Peter, vale.

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