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Imperial Vancouver Island: Who was Who 1850-1950

The author of this work, Professor J.F. Bosher, was born in North Saanich near Sidney, British Columbia and raised in a cultured English family. Having retired from York University in Toronto, where he specialized in...

Review by Patrick Dunae


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When Coal Was King: Ladysmith in the Coal-Mining Industry on Vancouver Island

WHEN COAL WAS KING, Ladysmith was a small, undistinguished pit-town, one of thousands around the industrializingworld. On the eve of the Great War, Ladysmith’s population barely passed 3,200. Compared with Nanaimo or Cumberland, let alone...

Review by John Belshaw


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Voyage Through the Past Century

First, a disclaimer: I am not now, nor have I ever been related to Cyril Belshaw. This is pertinent because Cyril — a distinguished University of British Columbia academic whose international notoriety is, shall we...

Review by John Belshaw


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BravO! The History of Opera in British Columbia

  If you think the drama of opera takes place primarily on the stage, BravO! will open a new world to you. In her finely documented history Cunningham takes us from the Bianchi Italian Opera...

Review by Jane Hastings


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Citizen Docker: Making a New Deal on the Vancouver Waterfront 1919-1939

In Citizen Docker Andrew Parnaby explores industrial relations on the Vancouver waterfront during the interwar years. The analysis is linked to a broader consideration of the transition to the welfare state and the new industrial...

Review by Gordon Hak


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The Uchuck Years: A West Coast Shipping Saga

The Uchuck Years is the tale of how two partners managed to keep a passenger and freight service afloat on Vancouver Island’s West Coast and pass the company on to the next generation. David Esson...

Review by Kenneth Campbell


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The Opening Act: Canadian Theatre History 1945-1953

The writing of Canadian Theatre History, as an academic field of study, is a latecomer, with the first wave of academic articles and books appearing only in the mid-1970s along with the founding the Association...

Review by James Hoffman


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Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia

This book is not the traditional academic, well-documented research dissertation on the life of Simon Fraser. As Steven Hume states at the beginning, there was no intention of making this a “conventional biography.” This text...

Review by Brett McGillivray


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Russian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, 1804-1867

In this important book, Ilya Vinkovetsky of Simon Fraser University places the story of Russia’s American experiment fully within the history of colonialism. Russian America was a unique colonial adventure, he argues, in which the...

Review by Stephen Haycox


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A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World

There is an alternative out there to the globalized world of agribusiness, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and processed packaged food, one based on harvesting and using local, especially wild, foods and re-weaving them into our...

Review by Nancy J. Turner


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A Voyage to the North West Side of America: The Journals of James Colnett, 1786-89

JAMES COLNETT will always remain a name of notoriety in world history for it is he who responded to Commandant Esteban Martinez’s demands and formalities at Nootka Sound in 1789 and started, so it is...

Review by Barry Gough


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Our Friend Joe: The Joe Fortes Story

As one Daily Province journalist put it in 1916, “to write an article about English Bay without referring to Joe Fortes, would be like Hamlet without the Prince” (118). For nearly forty years the legendary...

Review by John Belshaw


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The Slow Farm

A memoir, The Slow Farm, focuses largely on the brief period during which Tarn Wilson lived on Texada Island with her American parents and younger sister Rima. Arriving in 1973, the then four-year-old and her...

Review by Connie Brim


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Accidental Eden: Hippie Days on Lasqueti Island

A friend said recently that he didn’t think much of the new generation of histories about British Columbia’s “back-to-the-landers” in the 1960s and seventies. Because if you weren’t there, then the stories just don’t mean...

Review by Howard Stewart


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Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District

Those who would wish to time-travel to the Comox Valley of the First World War era need only to walk the streets of today’s Courtenay downtown core. There they will encounter numerous large publicly-displayed photographs...

Review by Dan Hinman-Smith


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K’esu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer

Jennifer Kramer’s book K’esu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer was written to accompany the Museum of Anthropology’s 2012 landmark retrospective exhibit about the life and work of the internationally renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist Doug...

Review by Carolyn Butler Palmer


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At the Far Reaches of Empire: The Life of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra

Spanish activity along the Pacific Northwest Coast from 1774 to 1793 has attracted a moderate amount of scholarly attention, including monographs by Warren Cook, Donald Cutter, and John Kendrick, as well as the publication, often...

Review by Roderick Barman


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The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577-1580

This book represents an expanded form of the much debated revelations of Samuel Bawlf concerning the Pacific Ocean explorations of Francis Drake during his 1577–80 voyage of circumnavigation. Parts of the voyage account are well known,...

Review by Christon Archer


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Vancouver: A Novel

RECENTLY, THERE HAS BEEN a surge in sweeping popular portrayals of Canadian history and its Aboriginal origins, most notably in the CBC production Canada: A People’s History (2000) but also in the current theatrical Vancouver...

Review by Larry Grant


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High Boats: A Century of Salmon Remembered

The commercial salmon fishery has recently inspired a spate of books on the fading of the salmon industry. This volume fits into that literature. Among its special virtues are its basis in a specific area...

Review by Keith Ralston


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Raincoast Chronicles Fourth Five

The sinking of the BC Ferries vessel Queen of the North on 22 March 2006 has brought the lives of British Columbia’s coastal residents into sharp and extraordinary focus. It is a safe bet that...

Review by Jocelyn Smith