Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Book Notes: some of this fall's history at University of Toronto Press

I thought I should look at some new histories appearing this fall, as a way not to fall into another soliliquy about Canadian parliamentarianism. And the first thing I find at University of Toronto Press is Neoliberal Parliamentarism, Tom McDowell's book-length argument about "de-democratization and the concentration of political power in the executive." For McDowell, evidently, it's all a consequence of neoliberalism.

Also seen (note: have not read) while browsing in the UTP Fall-Winter 2021 Catalogue:

A Runner's Journey by Bruce Kidd is an autobiography by the former Olympian, longtime UT professor, and lifetime activist (in an era when many athletes were reluctant to be).  I interviewed Bruce Kidd years ago, and have remained a distant admirer ever since.

Terry Copp (with Alexander Maavara), Montreal at War 1914-18, sounds like a military social history, if that is a category.

Michele A. Johnson and Funk√© Aladejebi, editors, Unsettling the Great White North: Black Canadian History is "an exhaustive volume of leading scholarship in the field of Black Canadian history."
Jordan B. Goldstein, Canada's Holy Grail: Lord Stanley’s Political Motivation to Donate the Stanley Cup "asserts that only with a transformation in Anglo-liberal thought could the state legitimately act through culture to affect national identity."

Edited by Dennis G. Molinaro, The Bridge in the Parks: The Five Eyes and Cold War Counter-Intelligence presents scholarship from across the security and intelligence partnership.
And there's a new edition of Michael Bliss's The Discovery of Insulin, to mark the centenary of the discovery itself.

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