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Rethinking Canadian history

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BTL has published a number of history books that prompt readers to rethink historical events from an alternate viewpoint, and which provide a nuanced understanding of Canada and Canadians. "BTL has made its mark with several outstanding books on Canadian history, society, and politics. These books have impressed us with their scholarly rigor (unusual for a trade press), their intellectual depth, and their valuable contributions to our understanding of Canada and Canadians.” —Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History award committee
Warrior Nation

Warrior Nation

Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety
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tagged : canada

Once known for peacekeeping, Canada is becoming a militarized nation whose apostles?-the New Warriors-?are fighting to shift public opinion. New Warrior zealots seek to transform postwar Canada's central myth-symbols. Peaceable kingdom. Just society. Multicultural tolerance. Reasoned public debate. Their replacements” A warrior nation. Authoritarian leadership. Permanent political polarization. The tales cast a vivid light on a story that is crucial to Canada's future; yet they are also compe …

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Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers

Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada
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An in-depth study of European immigrants to Canada during the Cold War,Gatekeepers explores the interactions among these immigrants and the "gatekeepers"–mostly middle-class individuals and institutions whose definitions of citizenship significantly shaped the immigrant experience. Iacovetta's deft discussion examines how dominant bourgeois gender and Cold War ideologies of the day shaped attitudes towards new Canadians. She shows how the newcomers themselves were significant actors who influ …

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Rebels, Reds, Radicals

Rebels, Reds, Radicals

Rethinking Canada’s Left History
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In this brilliant and thoroughly engaging work Ian McKay sets out to revamp the history of Canadian socialism. Drawing on models of left politics in Marx and Gramsci, he outlines a fresh agenda for exploration of the Canadian left. In rejecting the usual paths of sectarian or sentimental histories, McKay draws on contemporary cultural theory to argue for an inventive strategy of "reconnaissance." This important, groundbreaking work combines the highest standards of scholarship, and a broad know …

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Reasoning Otherwise

Reasoning Otherwise

Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920
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InReasoning Otherwise, author Ian McKay returns to the concepts and methods of "reconnaissance" first outlined inRebels, Reds, Radicals to examine the people and events that led to the rise of the left in Canada from 1890 to 1920.Reasoning Otherwise highlights how a new way of looking at the world based on theories of evolution transformed struggles around class, religion, gender, and race, and culminates in a new interpretation of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. As McKay demonstrated inRe …

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Vancouver, 23 May 1914. The vessel crept into Burrard Inlet shortly before three o—clock that Sunday morning — a weather-beaten, average-sized, rusting old thing, scarred with its 24 years of hard labour on the oceans of the world. Just another working ship, in a worldly port well used to them, a casual observer might have said. Yet as darkness yielded to dawn, crowds gathered on the waterfront, some in hope and others in anger, gazing expectantly out on this unprepossessing vessel anchored in the stream, well away from the bustling wharves and docks of the awakening city. Appearances were deceiving. Once this British-built vessel had been called theStubbenuk. Later, working the North Atlantic as part of the Hamburg-American Line, it had gone by the name of theSicilia. Now it was owned by a small Japanese company, Shinei Kishen Go Shi Kaisha. It had sailed under Captain Yamamoto, with a Japanese crew. Just under 330 feet in length, with a gross tonnage of 2, 926 tons, it had been charted for the Hong Kong-Vancouver run, in part to carry a shipment of Japanese coal. Yet for some reason, in the words of the Vancouver Province, this “sea-grimed vessel” had “suddenly jumped into the spotlight.” For the vessel once known asStubbenuk andSicilia — and now as theKomagata Maru — would leave its name in history as the very epitome of the explosive politics of race and immigration.

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Committing Theatre

Committing Theatre

Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada
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Committing Theatre offers the first full-length historical study of political intervention theatre and theatrical spectatorship in English Canada. Building on twenty years of research and engagement in the field, this book's historical narrative frames close-up examples of how theatre artists have intervened in and engaged with political struggle from the mid-19th century to the present. Lumber-camp mock trials, Mayday parades and street protests, the Workers Theatre Movement, agitprop theatre, …

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The Mountie from Dime Novel to Disney

The Mountie from Dime Novel to Disney

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HistorianMichael Dawson digs deep into the written and pictorial record to reveal how the RCMP, since its inception, has constructed and zealously guarded its public image. Drawing on previously untapped sources, Dawson documents how consultants and entrepreneurs deliberately transformed and modernized the traditional symbolism of the Mountie. His trenchant analysis extends to the ironies of the recent licensing of the hallowed Mountie image to the ultimate dream-merchants?—Disney.

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Fear of a Black Nation

Fear of a Black Nation

Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal
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In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, Montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of Black Power and the Caribbean left. In October 1968 the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean–people like C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney. Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Con …

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Worth Fighting For

Worth Fighting For

Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror
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tagged : peace, canadian, canada

Historians, veterans, museums, and public education campaigns have all documented and commemorated the experience of Canadians in times of war. But Canada also has a long, rich, and important historical tradition of resistance to both war and militarization. This collection brings together the work of sixteen scholars on the history of war resistance. Together they explore resistance to specific wars (including the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, and Vietnam), the ideology a …

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