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Unbuilt Victoria

What if? Ah yes, that perennial question. What would a city look like if the “unbuilt” were actually built? What if a municipality’s proposed plans were followed “to a tee”? Sometimes the rejection of a...

Review by Larry McCann


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Surveying Northern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell

Frank Swannell was a distinguished BC land surveyor whose career in the province extended from 1899, when he came west after completing a two-year course in mining engineering at the School of Practical Science at...

Review by Fran Gundry


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Militia Myths: Ideas of the Canadian Citizen Soldier, 1896-1921

The Canadian Scottish (Princess Mary’s) regiment recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Popularly known as the Can Scots, it is the only militia unit on Vancouver Island. The regiment had previously been honoured with the freedom...

Review by Patrick Dunae


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Desiring Canada: CBC Contests, Hockey Violence, and Other Stately Pleasures

What kind of community turns to a coffee shop for meaning? In what country would a search for Seven Wonders collapse into ironic parody? What kind of imagined community cherishes national ownership of a professional...

Review by Eric Sager


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Time Travel: Tourism and the Rise of the Living History Museum in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada

We all remember them. I know that I do. Having spent a summer in my youth washing dishes at Fort Steele heritage town, I remember the wooden boardwalks, the ramshackle buildings, the yellow school buses...

Review by Sean MacPherson


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Searching for a Seaport: with the 1870s CPR Explorer Surveyors on the Coast of British Columbia

While researching Surveying Central British Columbia I learned that in the 1920s Frank Swannell found evidence several times of the Canadian Pacific Railway surveys which had been made through the Tweedsmuir and Chilcotin areas a...

Review by Jay Sherwood


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British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years

James D. Anderson’s British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years is a tribute to the first century of the Provincial Park system in BC. This thoroughly researched and richly illustrated history, sensitive to ongoing...

Review by J. Cronin


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The Many Faces of Edward Sherriff Curtis: Portraits and Stories from Native North America

I must declare an “interest” in this book. Its pictorial dimension consists of reproductions of superb sepia prints made from original glass negatives sold to the Capital Group Foundation by James Graybill, grandson of their...

Review by Mick Gidley


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Edmonton House Journals, Correspondence and Reports: 1806-1821

This volume assembles the remaining records (with the exception of accounts) produced between 1806 and 1821 at Edmonton House, the Saskatchewan District headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company. This period starts with the 1806 Lewis...

Review by Jamie Morton


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Lelooska: The Life of a Northwest Coast Artist

IN SEPTEMBER 1996 Don “Lelooska” Smith, a highly regarded Northwest Coast artist, was laid to rest near his home in Ariel, Washington. The present volume is the result of a collaboration between Lelooska and historian...

Review by Melinda Jette


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Through an Unknown Country: The Jarvis-Hanington Winter Expedition through the Northern Rockies, 1874-1875

This miscellany of writings, chiefly by two civil engineers who for parts of their careers  toiled as railway surveyors, aims to carve out a prominent place for them in the history of Canada. Ed Jarvis...

Review by I.S. MacLaren


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The Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway: The Dunsmuir Years: 1884-1905

Originally, Robert Dunsmuir, the founder of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (E&N), had intended the southern terminus to be Esquimalt and the northern terminus to be Nanaimo, as the name suggests, but before he had...

Review by Bruce Hodding


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Rufus: The Life of the Canadian Journalist who Interviewed Hitler

Colin Castle has undertaken a labour of love. The retired schoolteacher spent four years researching, transcribing, and writing the story of newspaperman Lukin “Rufus” Johnston. The self-described “history buff” (xvii) married Val Johnston, the granddaughter...

Review by Bruce Hodding


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The Law of the Land: The Advent of the Torrens System in Canada

In recent years both imperial historians and colonial legal historians have begun turning their attention to the networks at play within the British Empire and the transmission of information and ideas within the imperial system.[1]...

Review by John McLaren


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Far West: The Story of British Columbia

When I received this book by this popular and prolific writer, I thought it was a coffee table history of British Columbia. While Far West is large and glossy, I quickly realized that BC Studies...

Review by Robert Campbell


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The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island

As a subject for cartography and historical geography, Vancouver Island has many attractions. Islands are uniquely advantaged in this regard, bordered as they are by waters and seas. The Enlightenment demanded scientific designations and definitions...

Review by Barry Gough


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Imagining Uplands: John Olmsted’s Masterpiece of Residential Design

This is a most handsome book, and a most intelligent analysis of the dense process of realizing a design concept. Larry McCann has allowed his telling of the Uplands history to be imaginative, if not...

Review by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe


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The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay’s 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies

  In 1914, Samuel Prescott Fay (1884- 1971), a Harvard graduate from Boston, ventured twelve hundred kilometres through the northern Rockies from Jasper to Hudson’s Hope. While the Harvard Travelers Club deferred exploration in the...

Review by PearlAnn Reichwein


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Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration and City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes

Vancouver has always had a volatile streak; it’s a key ingredient of the city’s identity, a theme in the story Vancouverites tell themselves about their place in the world. Perhaps political polarization, western alienation, protests,...

Review by Lani Russwurm


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You Are Asked to Witness: The Sto:lo in Canada’s Pacific Coast History

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 123, Autumn 1999  

Review by E. Douglas


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Domestic Goods: The Material, the Moral, and the Economic in the Postwar Years

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 129, Spring 2001  

Review by Douglas Owram


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Kwakwaka’wakw Settlements, 1775-1920: A Geographical Analysis and Gazetteer

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 108, Winter 1995/96  

Review by Douglas Cole