The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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Gerald Hallowell
Oxford University Press, 2004 - History - 748 pages
This indispensable new guide to Canadian history is comprehensive, authoritative, and - above all - companionable. It the essential guide to the significant events, issues, institutions, people, and places that have shaped Canadian life from earliest times to the late twentieth century. In more than 1,600 entries, the country's leading historians describe and analyse events in political, military, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history, drawing on the latest scholarship. Topics such as gambling, potlatches, abortion, hockey, capital punishment, jackatars, andshipwrecks find a place alongside more traditional entries like prime ministers and suffragists, exploration and fur trade, railways and responsible government. Politicians, soldiers, scientists and industrialists, feminists, social activists and religious leaders, all make an appearance. Vikingsand Basque whalers, Jesuits and filles du roi, the Huron Feast of the Dead, privateers, charivaris, the Acadian grand derangement, the Metis buffalo hunt, rebellions, the On-to-Ottawa trek, bunkhouse men and bush pilots, the battle at Vimy Ridge, gold rushes, Spanish influenza, Frontier College,corvettes, trade unions, midwives, Automatistes, the Mad Trapper, La Bolduc, free trade and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all contribute to the fascinating story which is Canada's history. Entries are arranged from A-Z and fully cross-referenced, with a complete index to guide readers to related topics. This new companion, from a publisher with an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reference works, provides learned, accessible, and up-to-date studies of the key subjects andpersonalities in Canadian history. Lively and informative, no Canadian should be without it.

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Gerald Hallowell had a distinguished career as the acquisitions editor in charge of Canadian history at University of Toronto Press for 22 years. During his time at UTP, he published numerous award-winning books by virtually all of Canada's top historians, including one Governor-General's Award winner for non-fiction and five MacDonald Prize winners. He retired in June 2000.

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