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History Pre-confederation (to 1867)

Select Documents in Canadian Economic History 1783-1885

edited by Harold A. Innis & Arthur Lower

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2018
Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Post-Confederation (1867-), General, General
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This second volume of economic documents resumes the story of the development of Canada as told by contemporary sources. Newspaper accounts of economic forces and factors, contemporary writings by statesmen and business men, poems depicting current situations, official documents—all have been included. The volume divides the period into two eras, 1783-1850 and 1850-85. The basis of classification of entries is by topics and geographic sections.


It is hoped that the material which follows will amplify and illustrate the blend of materialistic and non-materialistic factors which has determined the nature of Canadian history and will allow students in Canadian universities to study with some degree of fullness the development of the economic institutions of their native land.

About the authors

Harold A. Innis (1894-1952) was a Canadian professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history.

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Arthur R.M. Lower(1889-1988) was a noted Canadian historian and 'liberal nationalist' interested in Canadian economic history, particularly the forest trade, and in Canadian-U.S. relations. He was a professor of history at Queen's University until his retirement in 1959. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1941 and served as its president from 1962 to 1963. In 1968, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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