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The Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic History Paperback – March 20, 1999

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'[In] the field of broad interpretation, no subsequent work has replaced The Fur Trade in Canada.'

(Journal of Economic History)


'A lively pace is maintained from the beginning of the book, and upon reaching Innis's conclusion, the reader finds that a much neglected aspect of Canadian history has been satisfactorily illuminated. For the collectors of Canadiana, researchers in need of background material, or the plain curious, this is an excellent book ... a diverting book, a controversial book, and a stimulating book ... It deserves to be read not just once, but many times and by many people.'

(The Canadian Reader)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (March 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802081967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802081964
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a reprint of the 1970 edition of the 1956 revision of a book originally published in 1930. The editor praises it for emphasizing the role of geography - something that I had thought was a commonplace. Innis is rather vague on the details, either because he is interested in the big picture or because detailed research had not yet been done. As an economic historian he includes a lot of statistics but they are difficult to interpret because of the lack of basic statistics like the value of money and annual beaver exports. If you have already read other books on the fur trade you might want this one too.
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