History

  • The Intrigues of Archbishop John T. McNally and the Rise of Saint Mary’s University

    By Peter McGuigan     March 2012

    Archbishop John T. McNally never let a little opposition get in the way of what he believed was a good idea. An educator and a builder, he fought for years to transform Saint Mary’s College into a respected university, despite steadfast opposition from within the church and the Halifax community. This book traces the rise of Saint Mary’s College and McNally’s ironed-will commitment to the generation of students that walk the Halifax campus today

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  • Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping

    The Truth May Hurt

    By Yves Engler     February 2012

    Lester Pearson is one of Canada’s most important political figures. A Nobel Peace laureate, he is considered a great peacekeeper and ‘honest broker.’ But in this critical examination of his work, Pearson is exposed as an ardent cold warrior who backed colonialism and apartheid in Africa, Zionism, coups in Guatemala, Iran and Brazil and the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic. A beneficiary of U.S. intervention in Canadian political affairs, he also provided important support to the U.S. in Vietnam and pushed to send troops to the American war in Korea. Written in the form of a submission to an imagined “Truth and Reconciliation” commission about Canada’s foreign policy past Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt challenges one of the most important Canadian foreign policy myths.

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  • The Ocean Ranger

    Remaking the Promise of Oil

    By Susan Dodd     January 2012

    On February 15, 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland taking the entire crew of eighty-four men – including the author’s brother – down with it. It was the worst sea disaster in Canada since the Second World War, but the memory of this event gradually faded into a sad story about a bad storm – relegated to the “Extreme Weather” section of the CBC archives. Susan Dodd resurrects this disaster from the realm of “history” and maps the socio-political processes of its aftermath, when power, money and collective hopes for the future revised the story of corporate indifference and betrayal of public trust into a “lesson learned” by an heroic industry advancing technology in the face of a brutal environment. This book is a navigational resource for other disaster aftermaths, including that of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, and a call for vigilant government regulation of industry in all its forms.

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  • Archival Narratives for Canada

    Re-Telling Stories in a Changing Landscape

    Edited by Kathleen Garay and Christl Verduyn     September 2011

    Every nation has stories that help to define the country and its people. Focusing on widely varied written sources, Archival Narratives for Canada is an examination of the stories that have defined Canada. Professional archivists, scholars and other researchers working with archives – from the local and regional to national and international – explore the changing landscape of archival resources in Canada and in particular the role of archives in shaping the country’s narratives. They examine, among other topics, the politics of archiving, the process of archival documentation, the particular challenges of small and regional collections, the role of new technologies and digitization, and new conceptualizations of the archive. This collection also includes a variety of case studies which demonstrate the value of archival research, both traditional and assisted by digital resources and search engines, in reconstructing Canadian texts and authors from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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  • Chasing Freedom

    By Gloria Ann Wesley     August 2011

    Young Adult Historical Fiction

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  • The Birth of Capitalism

    A Twenty-First-Century Perspective

    By Henry Heller     August 2011

    In the light of the deepening crisis of capitalism and continued non-Western capitalist accumulation, Henry Heller re-examines the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism in Europe and elsewhere. Focusing on arguments about the origin, nature and sustainability of capitalism, Heller offers a new reading of the historical evidence and a critical interrogation of the transition debate. He advances the idea that capitalism must be understood as a political as well as an economic entity. This book breathes new life into the scholarship, taking issue with the excessively economistic approach of Robert Brenner, which has gained increasing support over the last ten years. It concludes that the future of capitalism is more threatened than ever before. The new insights in this book make it essential reading for engaged students and scholars of political economy and history.

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  • Angry Nation

    Turkey Since 1989

    By Kerem Oktem     June 2011

    Since Turkey was catapulted back onto the world stage in 1989 it has turned into a major power broker and has developed into one the largest economies in the world. The country has, however, failed to peacefully resolve its ethnic, religious and historical conflicts. Today, as the foundations of the ethno-nationalist Kemalist state are eroding rapidly, Turkey appears to be coming to terms with the many sources of its anger, if cautiously and slowly. At this historical turning point, Turkey Since 1989: Angry Nation charts the contemporary history of Turkey by looking at the country’s erratic transformation from a military dictatorship to a maturing, if still troubled, democracy.

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  • HIstories of Labour

    National and International Perspectives

    Edited by Joan Allen, Alan Campbell and John McIlroy     November 2010

    This book is a survey of the global trajectory of labour history, written by labour historians of international repute who are experts in the labour history of particular countries. Considering the labour histories of a number of countries, these essays examine early labour history, the 1960s, the mid-twentieth century, institutional contexts, links to the labour movement and conceptions of class, gender, ethnicity, culture, community and power. The authors analyze key debates, question dominant paradigms, acknowledge minority critiques and consider future directions. Histories of Labour will be of interest to historians, students of labour studies, and anyone interested in social and political protest, relations between employers and the state and post-structuralism.

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  • 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

    By Gord Hill     September 2010

    The history of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans is often portrayed as a mutually beneficial process, in which “civilization” was brought to the Natives, who in return shared their land and cultures. A more critical history might present it as a genocide in which Indigenous peoples were helpless victims, overwhelmed by European military power. In reality, neither of these views is correct. This book is more than a history of European colonization of the Americas. In this slim volume, Gord Hill chronicles the resistance by Indigenous peoples, which limited and shaped the forms and extent of colonialism. This history encompasses North and South America, the development of nation-states and the resurgence of Indigenous resistance in the post-WW2 era.

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  • Down But Not Out

    Community and the Upper Streets in Halifax, 1890-1914

    By David Hood     February 2010

    An examination of poverty and homelessness in Halifax at the turn of the twentieth century, this book challenges the notion that the poor are deviants who are responsible for their own misfortune. Historians have too often accepted this characterization of poverty without question and, in so doing, have allowed for its perpetuation into current discourse. Through an exploration of public records and the stories of real people, David Hood breathes life into Halifax’s sordid past – and reveals the humanity and complexity of the poor. They were not ‘deviants’ in trouble with the law or ‘cheats’ living on government handouts, but were rather people trying to make ends meet under difficult circumstances. This book provokes readers to rethink accepted notions of poverty and homelessness and, in so doing opens the possibility for recognition and empathy.

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