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Now You’re Logging

Romance, high drama with runaway logging trucks (26-29), and dangerous river crossings of donkey engines (65-72) are all integral parts of this graphic portrayal of British Columbia’s coastal logging scene during the 1930s. Although Griffiths...

Review by Robert Griffin


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The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries

Books that are compilations of papers given at conferences, such as this one, can be rather disjointed, often with only a few chapters of interest to each individual reader. This is an exception to that...

Review by Becky Wigen


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Healing Histories: Stories from Canada’s Indian Hospitals

Histories of Aboriginal health form a field that has captured significant public interest after Ian Mosby’s recent revelation of experiments performed on Aboriginal children in residential schools and hospitals. Laurie Meijer Drees gives an accessible...

Review by Leah Wiener


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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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Captain Paul Watson: Interview with a Pirate

Paul Watson is, without doubt, a controversial figure in green politics. Some name him the impassioned eco-warrior, who puts his life on the line to stop whaling. Others see him as the enfant terrible of...

Review by Stephanie Rutherford


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Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

Carbon Democracy historicizes “the forms of democratic politics that carbon made possible” (233). Timothy Mitchell’s goal is nothing short of destabilizing two central intellectual and material pillars of modern western life: the sacrosanct institution of...

Review by Jonathan Peyton


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Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 42, Summer 1979  

Review by Donald Mitchell


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British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas

  In British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas, Derek Hayes uses over 900 contemporary maps to illustrate the history of British Columbia. The maps are beautifully reproduced, carefully analyzed in captions, often supported by useful...

Review by Duff Sutherland


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The Artist in the Cloister: The Life and Works of Father Dunstan Massey

Art and Roman Catholicism have, for most of the church’s long history, gone hand in hand. And Roman Catholic churches, schools, and abbeys in British Columbia are no exception. During the first decades of the...

Review by Maria Tippett


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Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview

Robert Muckle has responded to the market place need for a concise textbook treatment of the lives and circumstances of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Previous works are too long, too detailed, and unreadable...

Review by Bruce Miller


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Vancouver Anthology

During the 1960s things radically changed in the Canadian art world. Aesthetic categories expanded to include technically based video and multimedia performance art. Traditional art institutions competed with artist-run centres like The Sound Gallery and...

Review by Maria Tippett


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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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Sturgeon Reach: Shifting Currents at the Heart of the Fraser

The Fraser River between Mission and Hope has been the cultural hearth of the Stó:lō for as long as anyone can remember. Some of British Columbia’s largest Indigenous settlements and most important cultural sites are...

Review by Ken Brealey


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In the Shadow of the Great War: The Milligan and Hart Explorations of Northeastern British Columbia, 1913-14

Jay Sherwood has given us another chapter in the story of how the talented surveyors of the early twentieth century put vast areas of northern British Columbia on the map. The places visited by E.B....

Review by Robin and Jillian Ridington


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Bruno and The Beach: The Beachcombers at 40

As a child of the 1970s, I can recall my West Indian grandparents tuning into an unusual television program every Sunday evening: one which started invariably with a camera shot of a log tumbling off...

Review by Vanessa Colantonio


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Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians

The biographies in Deadlines died between 2001 and 2011, had sufficient importance or interest to be have their obituaries published in the Toronto Globe and Mail or be considered for it, and had at least...

Review by Patricia Roy


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Labour Goes to War: The CIO and the Construction of a New Social Order, 1939-45

Labour Goes to War is a welcome new study whose title promises readers an analysis of the major industrial union organizing drive led by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) during the Second World War....

Review by Ron Verzuh


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Mount Robson: Spiral Road of Art

Over the past several years Jane Lytton Gooch has published books devoted to the sketches, paintings, and photographs inspired by the landscape of British Columbia and Alberta. Celebrating the centennial of the founding of British...

Review by Maria Tippett


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David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest

In June 1824, the Governor and Committee of the Hudson’s Bay Company agreed to transport David Douglas, a young Scottish employee of the Horticultural Society of London to its “Columbia District,” to assist the society’s...

Review by Ted Binnema


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Corporate Social Responsibility and the State: International Approaches to Forest Co-Regulation

Forest certification has provided fertile ground for social science research and scholarship since the early 1990s. Much of this work has focused on explaining the improbable rise and continuing global significance of the Forest Stewardship...

Review by Chris Tollefson


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Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1970-1985

Earning a decent living from pottery is difficult. Crafts, in general, do not support high earners. The notion that any amateur can throw a pot has kept professional potters just above the poverty line —...

Review by Maria Tippett