In this revised and streamlined fourth edition of Interpreting Canada's Past: A Post-Confederation Reader, authentic primary documents and critical academic articles allow students to delve into this nation's fascinating history. Organized both chronologically and thematically, each chapter begins with an introduction that offers context for the documents that follow and includes an extensive list of questions for consideration and related readings. The fourth edition includes over 35 new primary and secondary documents, a new chapter on 'marketing the nation', and an enhanced treatment of visual history with examples from popular consumer culture and fine art throughout. This celebrated post-Confederation reader is the second volume of a two-volume set of readers that has been created to accompany J.M. Bumsted's two-volume text The Peoples of Canada and his single volume text A History of the Canadian Peoples.
For over 25 years, John M. (Jack) Bumsted taught at the University of Manitoba's department of history. Before his arrival on the Prairies he taught at both Simon Fraser University and McMaster University. His research specialties are many, including the history of Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and cultural history.
Len Kuffert is associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba. His current work is on radio in English Canada. His first book, A Great Duty: Canadian Responses to Modern Life and Mass Culture, 1939-1967, was published in 2003.
Michel Ducharme is assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia. His current research is focussed on British North American colonies (1749-1873); Canada and the Atlantic World, the history of Quebec; and liberalism and nationalism in Canada and Quebec in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His most recent book is Le concept de liberte au Canada a l'epoque des Revolutions atlantiques (1776-1838) (2010).
"The articles provide good regional representations, which are presented within a clear overview of major political and cultural change since Confederation." --Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary
"There is keen attention to race, class, gender, but with important updates such as looking at 'masculinity' or social history of war." --Sharon Jaeger, Wilfrid Laurier University
"I like the inclusion of the historical documents, and note that the Bumsted reader is relatively unique in this regard... There is much material to play with here and instructors are, of course, free to utilize it - or not - as they see fit. In the end, the text offers instructors a good deal of freedom in terms of pedagogical approach... The text offers the instructor the power of versatility and the comfort of utility." --Sharon Myers, University of Prince Edward Island