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Canadian History: Pre-Confederation

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John Douglas Belshaw, Thompson Rivers University

Pub Date: 2015

Publisher: BCcampus

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. When Was Canada?
  • Chapter 2. Aboriginal Canada before Contact
  • Chapter 3. The Transatlantic Age
  • Chapter 4. New France
  • Chapter 5. Aboriginal Canada in the Era of Contact
  • Chapter 6. Intercolonial Rivalries, Imperial Ambitions, and the Conquest
  • Chapter 7. British North America at Peace and at War (1763-1818)
  • Chapter 8. Rupert's Land and the Northern Plains, 1690-1870
  • Chapter 9. Economic Transformation and Continuity, 1818-1860s
  • Chapter 10. Societies of British North America to 1860
  • Chapter 11. Politics to 1860
  • Chapter 12. Children and Childhood
  • Chapter 13. The Farthest West
  • Chapter 14. The 1860s: Confederation and Its Discontents

About the Book

Canadian History: Pre-Confederation is a survey text that introduces undergraduate students to important themes in North American history to 1867. It provides room for Aboriginal and European agendas and narratives, explores the connections between the territory that coalesces into the shape of modern Canada and the larger continent and world in which it operates, and engages with emergent issues in the field. The material is pursued in a largely chronological manner to the early 19th century, at which point social, economic, and political change are dissected. Canadian History: Pre-Confederation provides, as well, a reconnaissance of historical methodology and debates in the field, exercises for students, Key Terms and a Glossary, and section-by-section Key Points. Although this text can be modified, expanded, reduced, and reorganized to suit the needs of the instructor, it is organized so as to support learning, to broaden (and sometimes provoke) debate, and to engage students in thinking like historians. Written and reviewed by subject experts drawn from colleges and universities, this is the first open textbook on the topic of Canadian history.

About the Contributors


Dr. John Douglas Belshaw is an Open Learning faculty member at Thompson Rivers University, a consultant to the post-secondary sector, and a writer. He has authored, co-authored, and edited several books and articles on the history of British Columbia.