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By Ira Jacknis


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People, Politics, and Child Welfare in British Columbia

This is the most important book now available on children and public policy in British Columbia. Its contributions by engaged and thoughtful scholar-advocates should be required reading for all Canadians interested in the welfare of...

By Veronica Strong-Boag


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Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism

The publication of Xiaoping Li’s Voices Rising is a rare literary event, a cause for celebration. Through its analysis of the social and cultural movements of Asian Canada, especially in Vancouver and Toronto, her work...

By Anthony Chan


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Nature and Human Societies: Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History

In the three decades since environmental history burst onto the academic scene in the United States in the early 1970s, the field experienced impressive growth among American scholars and internationally in arenas such as South...

By John Sandlos


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Rain Before Morning

In the spring of 1913, sisters Leah and Elspeth Jamieson, seventeen and eighteen years old, respectively, travel on the Union Steamship Comox from Vancouver past Halfmoon Bay and Pender Harbour to their parents’ home at...

By Jocelyn Smith


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Guarding the Gates: The Canadian Labour Movement and Immigration

Understanding immigration is central to understanding Canadian working-class history and the fortunes of the Canadian labour movement. This is the case not just because immigration stocked, and restocked, the labour market but also because workers...

By James Naylor


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The Seattle Bungalow: People and Houses, 1900-1940

As Janet Ore says in the preface to this book, she seeks to overturn many assumptions associated with the bungalow. First, she wishes to reexamine the universality of its Arts and Crafts credentials and assumed...

By Sherry McKay


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The Culture of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage

In a small, unbuilt parcel of land in East Vancouver surrounded by houses, streets, and Tyee Elementary school, a grassy gulch takes the shape, on closer inspection, of a thin, winding creek bed. At the...

By Arn Keeling


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‘Call Me Hank’: A Sto:lo Man’s Reflections on Logging, Living, and Growing Old

Old loggers love to tell stories, but few find their way onto paper. We are fortunate indeed, then, that in 1969 linguist Wyn Roberts visited Henry Pennier at his home near Mission and asked the...

By Richard Rajala


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The Letters of Margaret Butcher: Missionary-Imperialism on the North Pacific Coast

As a study of missionary imperialism, Mary-Ellen Kelm’s edition of the letters Margaret Butcher wrote from Kitamaat between 1916 and 1919 makes an important contribution to historical conversations about the Haisla, missionaries, and residential schools...

By Jacqueline Gresko


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Philip Timm’s Vancouver: 1900-1910

I first met Fred Thirkell in the late 1970s when I ran an antique store in North Vancouver. Fred was a postcard collector, and we played the familiar dance between buyer and seller in the...

By Robin Anderson


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Sakura in the Land of the Maple Leaf: Japanese Cultural Traditions in Canada

This book, edited by the curator of Asian studies at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, is a worthy publication. It is a compilation of three research projects conducted in 1976-77 for the...

By Michiko Ayukawa


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Thompson’s Highway: British Columbia’s Fur Trade, 1800-1850

Through his publication BC Book World, Alan Twigg has contributed enormously to generating interest in BC literature. As well as drawing attention to BC writers, Twigg has also published his own work, of which Thompson’s...

By Bruce Watson


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Jean Barman writes on Canadian and British Columbian history. Her The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (University of Toronto Press) has just appeared in a 3rd edition. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ira Jacknis is Research Anthropologist at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, where he has worked since 1991. His research specialties include museums and the arts and cultures of the Native peoples of western North America. Jacknis is the author of The Storage Box of Tradition: Kwakiutl Art, Anthropologists, and Museums, 1881-1981(Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002) and “Visualizing Kwakwakaâwakw Tradition: The Films of William Heick, 1951-1963, “which appeared in the Douglas Cole memorial issue of BC Studies (nos. 125/126, 2000). He has published other essays on Franz Boas, George Hunt, and Alfred Kroeber.

P. Whitney Lackenbauer is assistant professor and acting chair of the Department of History at St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo). His most recent books include Battle Grounds: The Canadian Military and Aboriginal Lands (UBC Press, 2007), Kurt Meyer on Trial: A Documentary Record (with Chris Madsen, cda Press, 2007), and Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Military: Historical Perspectives (edited with Craig Mantle, Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2007). His current research includes histories of the Canadian Rangers, the Distant Early Warning (dew) Line, and Aboriginal blockades and occupations.

Frank Leonard teaches history at Douglas College, New Westminister. He is preparing a study that compares the activities of Canadian and American railway companies at their respective Pacific termini and adjacent service communities during the period 1870-1930.

Marcus Tomalin is a Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge, in the UK. His research focuses upon various aspects of linguistic theory in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular emphasis on “missionary” linguistics. Recent publications include “‘…to these rules there are many exceptions’: Robert Maunsell and the Grammar of Maori” (Historiographia Linguistica 33:3, 2006) and “‘Vulgarisms and Broken English’: The Familiar Perspicuity of William Hazlitt” (Romanticism 13:1, 2007).