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The Illustrated History of Canada: A Canadian Classic, Now Completely Revised Paperback – August 10, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1552635087 ISBN-10: 1552635082 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: Illustrated History of Canada
  • Paperback: 621 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books; 4th edition (August 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552635082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552635087
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps because of our growing Hispanic population, Americans have become increasingly aware of the history, politics, and culture of our neighbors to the south, particularly Mexico. But what about Canada? One suspects that even most well-educated Americans are woefully ignorant of the key personalities, events, and trends in Canadian history. Hopefully, this excellent anthology devoted to various aspects of Canadian history will help remedy that situation. Each of the six chapters is written by a different and distinguished historian or geographer. Among the topics covered, the examinations of Native American cultures and of Canada's relations with the U.S. are particularly interesting. The illustrations, both black and white and color, are superb complements to the text, and few of them are familiar to Americans. This is a fine general history of a huge, diverse nation with a rich heritage, and it is certainly in our interest to learn more about it. Jay Freeman
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About the Author

Craig Brown is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Toronto and author of several major works in Canadian history, including Robert Laird Borden, A Biography. He is past President of the Canadian Historical Association, and President of the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada.

The six scholars who contributed to The Illustrated History of Canada are:

Ramsay Cook is a Professor Emeritus of History at York University. He is the author of several books and is one of Canada's best known historians.

Christopher Moore is a Toronto writer whose works include the award-winning Louisbourg Portraits, 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal, the children's history The Story of Canada, and the best-selling photo history, Canada: Our Century.

Desmond Morton writes political, military, and industrial relations history. He is the author of many books including A Short History of Canada and When Your Number's Up: Canadian Soldiers and the First World War.

Arthur Ray is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of several books including Indians and the Fur Trade.

Peter Waite is Professor Emeritus of History at Dalhousie University. He is the author of many books including The Man From Halifax.

Graeme Wynn is a Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Timber Colony and a contributor to historical and geographical journals and The Historical Atlas of Canada.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sam A. Mawn-Mahlau on September 20, 2004
This is an excellent history of a fascinating country. The editor, Craig Brown, uses different chapter authors to bring a variety of perspectives to Canadian history while still editing the chapters into a cohesive whole with a consistent voice and detailed internal references. The ability to turn these diverse perspectives into a sensible history is a significant achievement, and this book deserves its status as a classic.

In part, the need for cohesion does limit the ability to pull in some perspectives -- there is not a detailed analysis by an economic historian, for example, or an analysis of some particular component of history by someone from a clear Marxist tradition. Similarly, there are criticisms that can be leveled against each chapter for its breadth, depth or perspective, as with any history. But, for the intelligent reader, these short falls can produce fodder for further thought, and help build a framework for that thought.

Best of all, this history has enough analysis and detail to satisfy an academic reader while being accessible enough for the casual reader - making it, in many ways, an ideal survey. While ultimately I would like a bit more detail in the footnotes and a bit of additional higher level analysis, there is far more in this book than you'll find in most historical surveys.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By clarkann on March 28, 2003
I have family roots from the 17th Century in Quebec and from the 19th Century in Ontario. I wanted to know more about their lives so I bought this book. Pretty broad spectrum of needs on my part and this book worked quite well. A description of the daily lives of the "habitants" is nestled in with the overall history of Canada. It's great. Using the index, I can easily skip around and read the pages relevant to my genealogy. Although I found no reference to any of my 500 plus ancestor-relatives, I do feel like I have a sense of who they were, why they came, and what they were doing in Canada. Even what they were wearing, from the illustrations. Yes, lots of illustrations. I appreciate the effort gone to to provide such classic ones of people, places, maps, and events. I found myself reading beyond my family history partly because of the illustrations, but also because this book is easy to read, despite the small print. Such an ambitious book. Thank you Craig Brown.
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I ordered this book because I was at wits end with my Quebec History class. Unfortunately, what I received was a leadership in religion book. Super unhelpful! If you want an easy survey of Canada, this book is great. However, I had a terrible experience with the seller.
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The copy that we received was in perfect condition, it was remarkably inexpensive, and the text that our son needed for his college History of Canada class. It arrived very quickly and we were extremely pleased with the entire interaction.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2004
The book starts out with praise for Native wife-swapping and ends with praise for the National Energy Program. I'm not kidding.
In fairness, there is a lot of competent history writing in between, but certainly not the authoritative version it claims to be.
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