Canadian History Roundup

Daring Crime Cases. Vol 2, No. 6 (August-September 1943.” Norman Book Co. Library and Archives Canada. Rare Books. Pulp Art collection. True gangster crime cases, Vol. 2, no. 6 (August-September 1943), nlc010130.  CC by 2.0

The latest in blog posts, news, and podcasts from the world of Canadian history.

  • CAUT has issued a guide for territorial acknowledgements. It’s a must read for all Canadian historians, no matter their area of study. My only concern is that the coverage for BC is pretty limited. I’d love to see some kind of resource or guide for finding out information about territorial acknowledgements that aren’t tied to universities.
  • This week was part 2 of the joint series of pre-Confederation environmental history by Borealia and NICHE!
    • First up there is an article by Colin M. Coates Jesuit priest Louis Nicolas’s natural history of New France. Coates talks in particular about how certain animals are seem as symbolic and emblematic of a particular location, using the “King of Beasts in New France,” the chipmunk, as an example. Go Alvin! (Was that too much of a 90s reference?)
    • The final article in the series is a forum by three of the featured authors, Colin Coates, Jason Hall, and Anya Zilberstein, as well as Alan MacEachern. In a roundtable-esque discussion, the four historians consider the state of Early Canadian History and the potential impact of environmental history in that field.
    • One of the first panels at the CHA is actually a discussion about blogging in the world of Canadian History. Both Borealia and NICHE have previews up on their websites on the theme of collaboration, and NICHE even mentions Unwritten Histories!
  • In my latest blog post, I offer a beginner’s guide to the CHA as well as my suggested must-see panels. Just because I’m not going doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an awesome time! (is the Jewish guilt working? 😉 )
  • In other conference news, there are lots of great previews up! Because I need more reminders of what I’m missing at the CHA this year. L I suppose I’ll just have to forgive you. 😉
  • Over on Active History, Ian J. Jesse looks at wildlife conservation in Maine and the challenges that park rangers and wardens face in protecting endangered wildlife. One contributing factor is that twenty-first century laws and values often clash with the enduring legacy of the nineteenth century view of the forest as a workplace.
  • Veronica Strong-Boag talks about the recent decision to put a woman on Canadian currency as well as the commemoration of women in Canada. I’m still convinced it’s going to be Nellie McClung, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 😉
  • Continuing with the money theme, the Discovery Blog from LAC talks about synthetic rubber manufacturing in Canada at the Polysar plant, previously pictured on the back of the $10 bill.
  • The Discovery Blog also has part 2 of its series on the conservation of daguerreotypes, including a video. Really amazing.
  • On Findings, Douglas McCalla gives us a glimpse into the lives of women in Upper Canada by looking at Sarah Dunford’s purchases of clothing and textiles. I love this kind of everyday history.
  • Histoire Sociale/Social History has released its latest issue, a special issue all about the history of tourism in Canada. Looking forward to reading it!
  • Decolonizing also has a new issue out! I would highly recommend checking it out, particularly the artwork and artist’s statement by Lianne Charlie. I’m so grateful to have Lianne designing the logo for this website, so keep an eye out!
  • Sean Kheraj has a new episode of the Nature’s Past podcast! This episode features an interview with Nancy Bouchier and Ken Cruikshank on a new book, The People and the Bay: A Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour.
  • There is a new episode of History Slam out as well. In this episode, Sean Graham interviews one of the authors of a new article on slow scholarship, Alison Mountz.
  • Every teacher or professor should listen to Donovan Livingston’s incredible spoken word commencement speech at Harvard, where he takes on racism and education.
  • And just for fun, check out this look at Canadian criminal history in the Vancouver Sun!



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