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Canadian History: Post-Confederation

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John Douglas Belshaw

Pub Date: 2016

Publisher: BCcampus

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Confederation and the Peoples of Canada
  • Chapter 2: Confederation in Conflict
  • Chapter 3: Urban, Industrial, and Divided: Socio-Economic Change, 1867-1920
  • Chapter 4: Politics and Conflict in Victorian and Edwardian Canada
  • Chapter 5: Immigration and the Immigrant Experience
  • Chapter 6: The War Years, 1914-45
  • Chapter 7: Reform Movements from the 1870s to the 1980s
  • Chapter 8: The Economy since 1920
  • Chapter 9: Cold War Canada, 1945-1991
  • Chapter 10: This is the Modern World
  • Chapter 11: First Nations from Indian Act to Idle No More
  • Chapter 12: Canada at the End of History

About the Book

This textbook introduces aspects of the history of Canada since Confederation. “Canada” in this context includes Newfoundland and all the other parts that come to be aggregated into the Dominion after 1867. Much of this text follows thematic lines. Each chapter moves chronologically but with alternative narratives in mind. What Aboriginal accounts must we place in the foreground? Which structures (economic or social) determine the range of choices available to human agents of history? What environmental questions need to be raised to gain a more complete understanding of choices made in the past and their ramifications?

About the Contributors


John Douglas Belshaw, Ph.D. has a long connection with Thompson Rivers University as a History professor and is now a faculty member in the Open Learning Division. He is also a consultant to the post-secondary sector and a writer. Belshaw has authored, co-authored, and edited several articles and books on the history of British Columbia.