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Rumble Seat, A Victorian Childhood Remembered

Helen Piddington’s Rumble Seat, A Victorian Childhood Remembered is a collection of 117 brief reminiscences of the author’s childhood on southern Vancouver Island during the Depression and World War Two. Born in 1931, Piddington was...

By Christopher Hanna


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The Essentials: 150 Great B.C. Books & Authors

      For this fourth volume in his series on the Literary History of British Columbia, Alan Twigg has set himself the impossible task of  selecting 150 “Great B.C. Books and Authors,” designated as...

By Alan Twigg


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Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada’s Exclusion Era, 1885-1945

This is a groundbreaking book in Chinese Canadian History and in the history of the global Chinese diaspora. It challenges conventional perceptions of Chinese relations with the mainstream society in Canada during the historical era...

By Zhongping Chen


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Victoria: Crown Jewel of British Columbia, Including Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich and the Peninsula

This book claims to be a “multi-faceted photo-essay” which combines historical detail with compelling narrative to provide the visitor with new insights into the many wonders of Victoria and its environs. As an extra bonus,...

By Will Garnett


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A Thoroughly Wicked Woman: Murder, Perjury & Trial by Newspaper

Betty Keller has a fascination with the early social history of Vancouver that dates back at least to 1986 when she published On the Shady Side, her lively study of crooks and cops in the...

By Daniel Francis


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Contesting White Supremacy: School Segregation, Anti-Racism, and the Making of Chinese Canadians

In September 1922, the Victoria, B.C. school board ordered 155 Chinese children (97 were Canadian-born and many spoke only English) to leave its regular elementary schools and move to segregated schools which only they would...

By Patricia Roy


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Whoever Gives us Bread: The Story of Italians in British Columbia

More than twenty years ago, Gabriele Scardellato lamented the dearth of attention to Italian Canadians living “beyond the frozen wastes” (Scardellato 1989). There have been modest advances since that time, including Patricia K. Wood’s Nationalism...

By Stephen Fielding


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Quiet Reformers: The Legacy of Early Victoria’s Bishop Edward and Mary Cridge

Edward and Mary Cridge’s life in Victoria began in 1855, when the Hudson’s Bay Company’s James Douglas still reigned supreme. By the time Edward died in 1913 the most significant sign of the HBC in...

By Diana Chown


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Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound

This is a book of stories, mostly frothy, engaging, and well told.  It’s also a sort of not-quite postmodern coming-of-age tale that is much enhanced by Grant Lawrence’s mixing of his own stories with those...

By Howard Stewart


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Rebel Women of the West Coast: Their Triumphs, Tragedies and Lasting Legacies

Rebel Women of the West Coast comprises stories about individual women who, through their talent, perseverance, and determination, were able to overcome patriarchal systems designed to keep them out of professional organizations. Author Rich Mole...

By Rose Fine-Meyer


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Campbell River: Gateway to the Inside Passage, Including Strathcona, the Discovery Islands and the Mainland Inlets

Campbell River, Gateway to the Inside Passage offers a fresh look at the Campbell River area, mainly seen through the lens of Boomer Jerritt, whose striking images comprise a large portion of the book. The...

By Catherine Gilbert


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Mountain Timber: The Comox Logging Company in the Vancouver Island Mountains

Richard Mackie’s Mountain Timber is the second volume of a projected three-volume history of the Comox Logging and Railway Company’s operations on Vancouver Island. This volume begins c.1927 with the company’s expansion of its steam-powered...

By Christopher Hanna


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Whitewater Devils: Adventure on Wild Waters

  With Whitewater Devils, retired forestry worker Jack Boudreau has written his eighth book of adventurous tales. Set mostly in British Columbia, Whitewater Devils – while not his best work – is an interesting complement...

By Anthony Dalton


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Colonial Proximities: Crossracial Encounters and Juridical Truths in British Columbia, 1871-1921

Colonial Proximities is a good book about an important subject: how colonial authorities, anxious about racial difference, tried to use legal and other strategies to regulate and restrict interracial “encounters” during the half-century after confederation...

By Hamar Foster


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Health and Aging in British Columbia: Vulnerability and Resilience

Health and Aging in British Columbia: Vulnerability and Resilience, edited by Denise Cloutier-Fisher, Leslie T. Foster and David Hultsch, is a collection of 17 chapters on health and aging in British Columbia prepared by 30...

By James Thornton


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Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona

In 1978 the Provincial Archives of British Columbia added a pair of volumes on early Vancouver to its series of aural history publications.  These were subsequently brought together as a single monograph in 1979.  It...

By John Belshaw


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Commerce by a Frozen Sea: Native Americans and the European Fur Trade

This may be the most important book on the history of the fur trade in the Hudson’s Bay Company Territories published in a generation. Although its purview does not include British Columbia, all historians of...

By Theodore Binnema


Contributors

Contributors

Kathryn Harrison is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, where she studies and teaches courses on envi- ronmental politics. She is the author of Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy (ubc Press) and, most recently, co-editor (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom) of Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change (mit Press). She has held Fulbright Fellowships at Resources for the Future and the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne.
Will Langford received a Masters degree in History from ubc in 2011. This article is adapted from his thesis.
Jamie McEwan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a BA in History and Geography, followed by completion of an MA in Geography in 2010. Since graduation Jamie has worked with the public, private, and not-for-pro t sectors as a community planning and local government consultant. Jamie sits on multiple boards, com- mittees and commissions. He was elected Councillor At Large for the District of Lake Country, BC, on 19 November 2011.
Lisa Pasolli is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Victoria. Her research interests are in the areas of women, gender, and social welfare policy, and she is currently nishing her dissertation, “Labouring Citizens: The Politics of Child Care Policy and Mothers’ Employment in BC, 1910-75.”
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Chelsea Peet completed her master’s degree in political science at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests centre on intergovernmental and regional issues across Canada. Chelsea has undertaken internships at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. She is currently employed as a public servant in Ontario.
Carlos Teixeira received his BSc and MSc at the Université du Québec à Montréal and his PhD at York University in Toronto. He teaches at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan. His research interests include urban and social geography with an emphasis on migration processes, community formation, housing and neighbourhood change, ethnic entrepreneurship, and the social structure of North American cities. He is the Priority Leader for Housing and Neighbourhoods for the Metropolis Project (Canada). More recently (2012) with Wei Li and Audrey Kobayashi he co-edited the book Immigrant Geographies of North American Cities (Oxford University Press).
Jim Wood is the author of Militia Myths: Ideas of the Canadian Citizen Soldier, 1896-1921 (ubc Press, 2010). He is currently a sshrc Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Victoria.