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Military Education and the British Empire, 1815–1949

Military Education and the British Empire, 1815–1949

edited by Douglas E. Delaney; Robert C. Engen & Meghan Fitzpatrick
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Military education was the lifeblood of the armies, navies, and air forces of the British Empire and an essential ingredient for success in both war and peace. Military Education and the British Empire is the first major scholarly work to address the role of military education in maintaining the empire throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centur …

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Be Wise! Be Healthy!

Be Wise! Be Healthy!

Morality and Citizenship in Canadian Public Health Campaigns
by Catherine Carstairs; Bethany Philpott & Sara Wilmshurst
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Lose weight. Quit smoking. Exercise. For over a century, public health campaigns have encouraged Canadians to adopt healthy habits in order to prolong lives, cost the state less, and produce more efficient workers. Be Wise! Be Healthy! explores the history of public health from the 1920s to the 1970s and its emphasis on health as a responsibility o …

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Made Modern

Made Modern

Science and Technology in Canadian History
edited by Edward Jones-Imhotep & Tina Adcock
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
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tagged : 20th century, history, post-confederation (1867-)

Science and technology have shaped not only economic empires and industrial landscapes, but also the identities, anxieties, and understandings of people living in modern times. Made Modern draws together leading scholars from a wide range of fields who write on topics ranging from exploration and infrastructure to the occult sciences and communicat …

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Iron Road West

Iron Road West

An Illustrated History of British Columbia’s Railways
by Derek Hayes
edition:Hardcover
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British Columbia wouldn’t exist without the railway; the province was brought into the Canadian Confederation in 1871 in exchange for the promise of a transcontinental line to the West Coast. It was the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1886 that set off economic development in the province, created the city of Vancouver and spurred othe …

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Postsecondary Education in British Columbia

Postsecondary Education in British Columbia

Public Policy and Structural Development, 1960–2015
by Robert Cowin
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The literature about postsecondary education in British Columbia has largely focused on public colleges and universities, while paying less attention to vocational colleges, apprenticeship, continuing education, and private institutions. Robert Cowin addresses that gap. He provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the contemporary provi …

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Finding Mr. Wong

Finding Mr. Wong

by Susan Crean
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tagged : cultural heritage, literary, discrimination & race relations

Susan Crean’s memoir Finding Mr. Wong chronicles her effort to piece together the life of the man she knew as Mr. Wong, cook and housekeeper to her Irish Canadian family for two generations. Reminiscing, Crean writes, “I grew up in Mr. Wong’s kitchen …”

A Chinese Head Tax payer hired by Crean’s grandfather in 1928, Wong Dong Wong remaine …

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China Gadabouts

China Gadabouts

New Frontiers of Humanitarian Nursing, 1941–51
by Susan Armstrong-Reid
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The Sino-Japanese War (1937–45) had a devastating impact on China’s population. Braving bandits and disease, the China Convoy – a Quaker-sponsored humanitarian unit – provided medical relief in the unoccupied territory of “Free China” and later to both sides in the ensuing civil war. China Gadabouts examines the roles played by Western …

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Lace Up

Lace Up

A History of Skates in Canada
by Jean-Marie Leduc & Sean Graham
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A charmingly illustrated history of the humble skate and its place in Canadian cultural identity.

Throughout our 150-year history, and even longer, people have braved the treacherous Canadian winters and taken to the ice for the purposes of transportation, competition, exercise, and just plain fun. Canadian culture has developed around ice and the r …

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Vertical Horizons

Vertical Horizons

The History of Okanagan Helicopters
by Douglas M. Grant
edition:Hardcover
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tagged : history, commercial, post-confederation (1867-)

"Looking back over thirty years of flying for Okanagan, I see the experience has given me an interesting life. I have never really considered flying as work. It is more a way of life, a way of life that nourishes a free spirit, something that not many jobs can give you. I just cannot imagine anything I would... rather have done or any company I wou …

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What I Think Happened

What I Think Happened

An Underresearched History of the Western World
by Evany Rosen
edition:Paperback
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tagged : political, women's studies, history, essays

A wickedly funny book in which the author recasts historical events and personalities from her own feminist perspective.

What I Think Happened, the debut book by comedian Evany Rosen, is really two books: a savvy, no-holds-barred romp through the history of the western world, and the personal story of a self-described "failed academic" who recasts …

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British Columbia by the Road

British Columbia by the Road

Car Culture and the Making of a Modern Landscape
by Ben Bradley
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In British Columbia by the Road, Ben Bradley takes readers on an unprecedented journey through the history of roads, highways, and motoring in British Columbia’s Interior, a remote landscape composed of plateaus and interlocking valleys, soaring mountains and treacherous passes. Challenging the idea that the automobile offered travellers the free …

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Historical Atlas of Early Railways

Historical Atlas of Early Railways

by Derek Hayes
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In a sense the very earliest railways were simply ruts caused by the passage of carts on softer ground. Railways of this nature may have been in use as early as 2200 BCE. But railways became a worldwide economic force only in the middle of the nineteenth century, some forty or fifty years after the first demonstration of a mechanically powered trai …

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Science of the Seance

Science of the Seance

Transnational Networks and Gendered Bodies in the Study of Psychic Phenomena, 1918-40
by Beth A. Robertson
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Beth A. Robertson resurrects the story of a group of men and women who sought to transform the seance into a laboratory of the spirits and a transnational empirical project. Her findings cast new light on how science, metaphysics, and the senses collided to inform gendered norms in the 1920s and ’30s. She reveals a world inhabited, on one side, b …

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Songhees Pictorial

Songhees Pictorial

A History of the Songhees People as seen by Outsiders, 1790–1912
by Grant Keddie
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In the mid 1840s, fifty years after first contact with Europeans, the Songhees people agreed to amalgamate on a reserve across the harbour from the newly built Fort Victoria. Grant Keddie tells the story of the old Songhees Reserve through the eyes of outsiders, expressed in newspaper reports and private journals, and depicted in sketches, paintin …

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Up-Coast

Up-Coast

Forest and Industry on British Columbia's North Coast, 1870–2005
by Richard A. Rajala
edition:Hardcover
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In Up-Coast, award-winning author Richard A. Rajala offers the first comprehensive history of the forest industry on British Columbia's central and north coast. He integrates social, political, and environmental themes to depict the relationship of coastal people and communities to the forest from the late 19th century to the present. The account b …

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Surveying Central British Columbia

Surveying Central British Columbia

A Photojournal of Frank Swanell, 1920–28
by Jay Sherwood
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Frank Swannell contributed greatly to the shape of British Columbia by surveying and mapping large portions of the province over three decades. He also took thousands of photographs and kept detailed journals of his travels. In his second book on Swannell's adventures, Jay Sherwood presents central BC through the eyes and words of one of BC's most …

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Return to Northern British Columbia

Return to Northern British Columbia

A Photojournal of Frank Swanell, 1929–39
by Jay Sherwood
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In his third book on the adventures of Frank Swannell, historian Jay Sherwood continues his account of one of BC's most famous surveyors. The 1930s was the era of bush planes, packers and riverboats in northern BC. Swannell photographed them and recorded his experiences with some of BC's colourful characters, including Skook Davidson, who worked wi …

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Mixed Blessings

Mixed Blessings

Indigenous Encounters with Christianity in Canada
edited by Tolly Bradford & Chelsea Horton
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also available: Hardcover
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Mixed Blessings transforms our understanding of the relationship between Indigenous people and Christianity in Canada from the early 1600s to the present day. While acknowledging the harm of colonialism, including the trauma inflicted by church-run residential schools, this interdisciplinary collection challenges the portrayal of Indigenous people …

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The Secular Northwest

The Secular Northwest

Religion and Irreligion in Everyday Postwar Life
by Tina Block
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The image of a rough frontier – where working men were tempted away from church on Sundays by more profane concerns – was perpetuated by postwar religious leaders troubled by the decline in church involvement. Tina Block debunks the myth of a godless frontier, revealing a Pacific Northwest that rejected organized religion – but not necessaril …

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Museums and the Past

Museums and the Past

Constructing Historical Consciousness
edited by Viviane Gosselin & Phaedra Livingstone
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Museums and the Past explores the central role of museums as memory keepers and makers. Using case studies from a Canadian context, the contributors to this collection reflect on the challenges in maintaining and developing museums as meaningful places of memory and learning. Discussions of museum practice and historical consciousness – how our u …

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What We Learned

What We Learned

Two Generations Reflect on Tsimshian Education and the Day Schools
by Helen Raptis, with members of the Tsimshian Nation
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The legacy of residential schools has haunted Canadians, yet little is known about the day and public schools where most Indigenous children were sent to be educated. In What We Learned, two generations of Tsimshian students – elders born in the 1930s and 1940s and middle-aged adults born in the 1950s and 1960s – add their recollections of atte …

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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

In Search of a Legendary Armada
by James P. Delgado
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In 1279, off China’s southeast coast, Khubilai Khan routed the Song navy and completed the grand dream of his grandfather, Genghis Khan—the conquest of China. The Grand Khan now ruled the largest empire the world had ever seen, stretching from the China Sea to the plains of Hungary. Having also inadvertently inherited the world’s largest navy …

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Live Souls

Live Souls

Citizens and Volunteers of Civil War Spain
by Serge Alternês & Alec Wainman
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Live Souls presents 210 of the numerous photos that Alec Wainman took in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, and his personal story of his time as a volunteer member of the British Medical Unit. Until the present only a small number of his photos have appeared in a few historical books, where they have been valued for their insight into the trouble …

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Bent Props & Blow Pots

Bent Props & Blow Pots

by Rex Terpening
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Crash landings were part of the job in the early 1930s, when Rex Terpening started out in arctic aviation. As an air engineer for Canadian Airways in the Northwest Territories, Terpening took the right-hand seat in the cockpit and flew "on operations" daily, warming the oil and the engine on winter mornings, refuelling, and inevitably mending both …

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Whistle Posts West

Whistle Posts West

Railway Tales from British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon
by Mary Trainer; Brian Antonson & Rick Antonson
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Everybody has a train story. Whether it comes from a distant relative who worked on the railways or from a family train trip that formed a lasting impression of the Canadian landscape, trains inspire a sense of wonder and nostalgia. They are embedded in the history of Canada as a whole and western Canada in particular, and for generations they were …

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School of Sophisticated Drinking

An Intoxicating History of Seven Spirits
by Kersten Ehmer & Beate Hindermann, foreword by Kevin Brauch
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“A very entertaining book that deserves a leather armchair, a fine cigar, and a double measure of cognac. ” – Gaz Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology

 

A detailed and insightful look into the development and sometimes comical past of the world of cocktail recipes and their stories.” —Frankie Solarik, co-owner, Barchef Toronto and author of …

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The School of Sophisticated Drinking

The School of Sophisticated Drinking

An Intoxicating History of Seven Spirits
by Kersten Ehmer & Beate Hindermann, foreword by Kevin Brauch
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“A very entertaining book that deserves a leather armchair, a fine cigar, and a double measure of cognac. ” – Gaz Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology

 

An engrossing romp through the social, political, and scientific history of alcohol and art of cultured intoxication.

 

The School of Sophisticated Drinking traces the deep-seated lineage of dri …

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Of Myths and Sticks

Of Myths and Sticks

Hockey Facts, Fictions and Coincidences
by Kevin Gibson
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A lively compendium of little-known hockey trivia from Kevin Gibson, TSN’s one-man Research, Stats and Information Department.

As engaging as the great game itself, the stories behind the National Hockey Leaugue are entertaining, fascinating and, at times, unbelievable. Faux facts emerge from urban legends, conspiracy theories and coincidences, le …

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The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

by Bridie Andrews
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Grade: 17
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Medical care in nineteenth-century China was spectacularly pluralistic: herbalists, shamans, bone-setters, midwives, priests, and a few medical missionaries from the West all competed for patients. This book examines the dichotomy between “Western” and “Chinese” medicine, showing how it has been greatly exaggerated. As missionaries went to …

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