The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia

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University of Toronto Press, 1996 - History - 449 pages
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Critically acclaimed since its publication in 1991, the BC history of choice has now been revised. Here is the story of Canada's westernmost province, beginning at the point of contact between Native peoples and Europeans and continuing up to 1995. Jean Barman tells the story by focusing not only on the history made by leaders in government but also by including the roles of women, immigrants, and Native peoples. She interweaves political, social, economic, and demographic events into an absorbing account that reveals the roots of contemporary British Columbia in all its diversity and apparent contradictions.

The revised edition has been updated to include information from the 1991 census and revisions have been made throughout the book, including the references, to update it to 1995.

  

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User Review  - tamarack - Goodreads

okay, so i had to read this in a compulsory college class on BC history. it is never something i would have chosen of my own volition. it wasn't awful, but gets one star because it's true: "i didn't like it". Read full review

Contents

In Search of British Columbia
3
First Encounters 17411825
13
The Trade in Furs 17891849
32
Impetus to Settlement 18461858
52
Distant Oversight 18581871
72
The Young Province 18711900
99
Population Explosion 18861914 129
129
Disregard of Native Peoples 18581945 151
151
The Good Life 19451972
270
Equality Revolution 19451980
297
The British Columbia Identity
352
TABLES
371
NOTES
393
REFERENCES
417
INDEX
435
PICTURE CREDITS
451

Growing SelfConfidence 19001918 176
176
The Best and Worst of Times 19181945
236

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About the author (1996)

Jean Barman is Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, and is the author of the acclaimed study The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (1996).

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