Integrating social, cultural, political, and economic history within a coherent overarching narrative, the first volume of J.M. Bumsted's two-volume history examines the evolution of Canada from contact with the earliest European settlers until 1885. Some of the highlights include pre-contactNorth American exploration in the 16th and 17th centuries; settlement in the Atlantic provinces; the St. Lawrence Valley, and New France; the growth of political changes that brought about confederation of the four provinces of British North America into the Dominion of Canada; and the expansion ofCanada's domain, society, and economy in the 19th century. This expanded second edition includes an outstanding new companion CD-ROM that contains maps and photographs, biographies, tips on writing and research, and further material on Aboriginal history. The Peoples of Canada: A Pre-ConfederationHistory is ideal for a single-semester course in Pre-Confederation Canadian history, or the first half of a full-year survey course in Canadian History.
J.M. Bumsted is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. Before his arrival on the Prairies, he taught at both Simon Fraser University and McMaster University. His research specialties include the history of Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and cultural history. Professor Bumsted isalso the author of The Peoples of Canada: A Post-Confederation History, 3/e, and A History of the Canadian Peoples.