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Northwest Coast: Archaeology as Deep History

The Society for American Archaeology website describes their “Contemporary Perspectives” series, in which Northwest Coast is the second title, as “short volumes focused on the archaeology of a specific region.” Aimed at “busy professionals and...

Review by Alan McMillan


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The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast

Promoting an upcoming reading of Don Pepper’s A Life on the Water at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Harbour Publishing exclaims: “Here, finally, is a book about commercial salmon fishing through the eyes of a commercial...

Review by Molly Clarkson


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Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada From the Fenians to Fortress America

Secret Service is the first full-length narrative on security intelligence in Canada since Stan Horrall and Carl Betke’s 1978 official RCMP history, Canada’s Security Service: An Historical Outline, 1864-1966. This is a significant achievement for...

Review by Jeremy Buddenhagen


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Nooksack Place Names: Geography, Culture, and Language

Place names have an incalculable value. A name can tie together the particularities of language, history, and tradition. Allan Richardson and Brent Galloway have compiled place-names in Nooksack territory. It’s the result of many years...

Review by Bill Angelbeck


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The Punjabis in British Columbia: Location, Labour, First Nations, and Multiculturalism

Kamala Elizabeth Nayar’s groundbreaking work, The Punjabis in British Columbia, represents a significant addition to a number of fields. At a basic level, it focuses on the important but sorely understudied community of Punjabis who...

Review by Anne Murphy


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Marjorie Too Afraid To Cry: A Home Child Experience

The Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School was located near Duncan, British Columbia. Between 1935 and 1950 it accommodated over three hundred underprivileged British children. Marjorie Arnison was one of them. She arrived at the...

Review by Patrick Dunae


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For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War

Exploring the participation of Canadian First Nations in the First World War, Timothy Winegard takes aim at two historiographical problems: the tendency to simply insert Aboriginal military contributions where they have been otherwise ignored, and...

Review by Sarah Nickel


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This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge

Tzeporah Berman entered the public consciousness as a twenty-something leader of the Clayoquot Sound logging protests in 1993. Since then, she has served a variety of roles within the environmental movement, having co-founded organizations such...

Review by Ryan O'Connor


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Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens

Eve Lazarus is a Vancouver-based freelance writer and self-confessed obsessive blogger about houses and their genealogies. Her passion for history, the arts, old houses, and her community has resulted in three previous books: At Home...

Review by John Adams


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Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860

Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860, by Anne Hyde is the second of six volumes scheduled to appear in the “History of the American West” series intended to reflect...

Review by Jean Barman


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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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Dispatches From The Occupation: A History of Change

On 25 September 2011, the first “occupiers” began to move into Zuccotti Park. Located near the heart of Wall Street, New York’s financial district, their presence was initially ignored by mainstream media. However, awareness grew...

Review by Robin Folvik


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The True Story of Canada’s “War” of Extermination on the Pacific plus The Tsilhqot’in and Other First Nations Resistance

One should always be skeptical of books when the title proclaims them to be the “true story” on any aspect of history. For truth, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Tom Swanky’s...

Review by Robin Fisher


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Fishing the River of Time

Here is an entertaining addition to the shelf of books about Vancouver Island. Depending upon the reader’s own experiences in life, and the breadth of his interests, he may be amused by Taylor’s rambling memories...

Review by J.F. Bosher


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Rewriting Marpole: The Path to Cultural Complexity in the Gulf of Georgia Region

         Rewriting Marpole is the published version of Clark’s PhD dissertation (Clark, 2010) and an outgrowth of his MA thesis (Clark, 2000). The goal of his research “is to determine the spatial...

Review by Jesse Morin


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Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with Asia

Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with Asia depicts stories of Canadians who went to Japan, or whose lives, dreams, achievements, and failures were intimately connected to Japan. In contrast to the far more familiar experiences...

Review by Yukari Takai


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Landscapes and Social Transformations on the Northwest Coast: Colonial Encounters in the Fraser Valley

Landscapes and Social Transformations on the Northwest Coast is a significant addition to our understanding of colonialism, settler-Indigenous relations, and human-land relations in British Columbia. Jeff Oliver’s work is part of a growing trend that...

Review by R. Sheffield


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Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War

This book is part of the Canadian Government’s “Community Historical Recognition Program” (CHRP), a five-year effort to revisit uncomfortable moments in its past. It re-examines the experiences of so-called Italian enemy aliens during the Second...

Review by Stephen Fielding


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Juan de Fuca’s Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams

The story of Greek mariner Juan de Fuca’s report to English merchant Michael Lok, in Venice in 1592, of the entrance to a waterway on the northwest coast of North America around the parallel 48ËšN...

Review by Daniel Clayton


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Native Claims: Indigenous Law Against Empire, 1500-1920

This major interdisciplinary study shatters the illusion that only Europeans contributed to modern legal debate about the legitimacy of empire and nature of imperial sovereignty and colonial possession. The basic – twofold — premise of...

Review by Daniel Clayton


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Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations

“He expects the listener to be familiar with that part of the story, in the same way that Homer expected ancient Greeks to know about the Trojan horse and didn’t include it in The Iliad”...

Review by Daniel Sims


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Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life

David Stouck has written a remarkable history. More than a biography, it is an encompassing account of a remarkable figure in later modern Canadian and international cultural history. Stouck recovers the spirit and material record...

Review by Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe


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Emily Carr: Collected

Two weeks after Emily Carr’s death on 3 March 1945, former Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris, travelled from his home in Vancouver to Victoria. As the artistic executor of Carr’s estate it fell upon...

Review by Maria Tippett