A carefully curated collection of primary and secondary source documents that introduces students to the approaches and methodologies historians use to interpret the past.
Thought-provoking and engaging, this acclaimed pre-Confederation reader introduces students to the approaches and methodologies historians use to understand the past. Organized both chronologically and thematically, the expertly-curated readings provide students with a balance of primary source documents and scholarly articles to explore the nation's history before 1867.
Amy Shaw is an associate professor in the History Department at the University of Lethbridge, where she teaches both pre- and post-Confederation history of Canada.
Corey Slumkoski is an associate professor in the History Department at Mount Saint Vincent University.
The late J.M. Bumsted was a retired professor at the University of Manitoba.
"Interpreting Canada's Past provides a comprehensive treatment of the main themes of Pre-Confederation Canadian history covering a broad geography and a balance of perspectives including Indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, and women." --Andrew Watson, University of Saskatchewan
"This text provides a convenient point of entry for students to see how historians use primary and secondary sources in their research." --Barry R. MacKenzie, St. Francis Xavier University