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Writing British Columbia History, 1784-1958

Historiography may seem like a dry, pedantic exercise that would only attract a handful of readers. Add to that the seeming lack of history that the subject of British Columbia suggests. But a recent addition...

By Ken Favrholdt

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Contesting Clio’s Craft: New Directions and Debates in Canadian History

Viewing the historical study of Canada over the past few decades as having put class, gender, ethnic, regional, and cultural conceptions at the heart of Canadian inquiry, contributors to this volume turn to what remains...

By Allan Smith

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The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia

The publication of Andrew Scott’s The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia in 2009 both commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of Captain John T. Walbran’s British Columbia Coast Names...

By Mark Diotte

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UBC: The First 100 Years

With its heavy glossy paper, large format, and copious illustrations, this looks like a celebratory coffee table book. To classify it as such would be wrong. Drawing on previous histories of the University of British...

By Patricia Roy

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Voices Raised in Protest: Defending North American Citizens of Japanese Ancestry, 1942-49

Voices Raised in Protest provides a comparative assessment of the incarceration of citizens of Japanese ancestry in Canada and the United States during the Second World War, with a particular focus on dissenting voices that...

By Andrea Geiger

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Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in BC

Typically involving a cross and some flowers, the roadside memorials located along British Columbia’s highways catch the passing motorist’s attention and instantly raise a series of questions about death and mourning. Who died there? How...

By Ben Bradley

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Up Chute Creek: An Okanagan Idyll

In the early 1970s, Melody Hessing and her husband Jay Lewis bought acreage in the south Okanagan near Naramata. They called their property the Granite Farm. They were idealists, hoping to build a house and...

By Theresa Kishkan

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The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet

For Canadians, David Suzuki is an earth-household name, our local (think global) brand, our Green Machine. Geneticist, media host, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF), the man has dedicated his life to environmental...

By Melody Hessing

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The Manly Modern: Masculinity in Postwar Canada

Theorists of modernity have often been particularly blind to the roles of gender. In numerous otherwise thought-provoking theoretical works on modernity, gender either disappears from the analysis or is treated awkwardly. Historians, to a degree,...

By Jarrett Rudy



Michael Ekers is currently completing his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, School of Geography. In September 2010 he is starting a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. His research interests concern the British Columbia tree planting industry and the cultural politics of labour in the industry. He has written on the labour and political ecological history of the forestry industry in BC He has also instructed several courses addressing environmental landscapes and urban-regional economies.

David Alexander Gamble is a doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his Interdisciplinary MA at the University of Northern British Columbia (English/History) in 2008. While completing his MA, Mr. Gamble taught English and Women’s Studies at Northwest Community College and English at the University of Northern British Columbia. His academic areas of interest include Canadian literature, Textual Studies, nineteenth- and twentieth-century science fiction and fantasy and the interdisciplinary field of Utopian Studies.

Troy V. Lee earned a BSc in Forestry from the University of British Columbia and worked as a consulting forester for several years in the Prince George region. Currently he works as a campus chaplain at the University of Northern British Columbia and is completing a MA in History that focuses on the environmental history of British Columbia’s forests and forest industry.

Frank Leonard is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of History of the University of Victoria. He is preparing a study that compares the activities of Canadian and American transcontinental railway companies at their respective Pacific termini and adjacent service communities during the period 1865-1920.

Brendan Sweeney recently completed his PhD in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University. He also lectured in the Labour and Workplace Studies Program at the University of Manitoba in 2009 and 2010. His research interests include employment relations and collective bargaining in Canada’s forest products, automotive, and education sectors. He joined the Industrial Relations Centre in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in July 2010.

David Vogt is a graduate student in history at the University of Northern British Columbia, and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Carleton University. His research interests include Aboriginal and environmental history.