Upcoming Publications August 2016

Wished there was a way to easily keep track of new books coming out in Canadian History? Now, for the first time, there is!  Welcome to our new monthly series, “Upcoming Publications in Canadian History!” We’ve compiled information on all the upcoming releases in the field of Canadian history from every Canadian academic press, all in one place. This includes releases in both English and French.


The books are organized by date of publication, making it easy for you to plan out your book purchases. I’ve also included information on the book formats available, links to the publisher’s websites, as well as links to the books on Amazon.ca

***Please note that the cover images and book blurbs are used with permission from the publishers.***

N.B. This list only includes new releases, not rereleases in different formats.


August 1, 2016

The Weight of CommandJ. L. Granatstein, The Weight of Command: Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016)

Three-quarters of a century after the Second World War, almost all the participants are gone. This book contains interviews with and about the Canadians who led the troops during that war. Edited and introduced by one of the foremost military historians of our time, this carefully curated collection brings to life the generals and their wartime experiences.

The interviews are based on lengthy conversations that J.L. Granatstein had with the surviving generals, their key staff officers, fighters under their command, and their families. Generals McNaughton, Crerar, Simonds, Foulkes, and Burns are among those discussed. The content is revealing and conversations frank. Peers and subordinates alike scrutinize key commanders of the war, sometimes offering praise but often passing harsh judgment. We learn of their failings and successes – and of the heavy weight of command borne by all.

Format: Hardcover

Buy it from UBC Press: http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299175353

Buy it on Amazon.ca: The Weight of Command: Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them


August 10, 2016

Powering Up

R.W. Sandwell, ed., Powering Up Canada: The History of Power, Fuel, and Energy from 1600 (Montreal: MQUP, 2016).

With growing concerns about the security, cost, and ecological consequences of energy use, people around the world are becoming more conscious of the systems that meet their daily needs for food, heat, cooling, light, transportation, communication, waste disposal, medicine, and goods. Powering Up Canada is the first book to examine in detail how various sources of power, fuel, and energy have sustained Canadians over time and played a pivotal role in their history.

Powering Up Canada investigates the ways that the production, processing, transportation, use, and waste issues of various forms of energy changed over time, transforming almost every aspect of society in the process. Chapters in the book’s first part explore the energies of the organic regime – food, animal muscle, water, wind, and firewood– while those in the second part focus on the coal, oil, gas, hydroelectricity, and nuclear power that define the mineral regime. Contributors identify both continuities and disparities in Canada’s changing energy landscape in this first full overview of the country’s distinctive energy history. Reaching across disciplinary boundaries, these essays not only demonstrate why and how energy serves as a lens through which to better understand the country’s history, but also provide as well ways of thinking about some of its most pressing contemporary concerns.

Engaging Canadians in an urgent international discussion on the social and environmental history of energy production and use – and its profound impact on human society – Powering Up Canada details the nature and significance of energy in the past, present, and future.

Contributors include Jenny Clayton (University of Victoria), George Colpitts (University of Calgary), Colin Duncan (Queen’s University), J.I. Little (Emeritus, Simon Fraser University), Joanna Dean (Carleton University), Matthew Evenden (University of British Columbia), Laurel Sefton MacDowell (Emerita, University of Toronto Mississauga), Joshua MacFadyen (Arizona State University), Eric Sager (University of Victoria), Jonathan Peyton (University of Manitoba), Steve Penfold (University of Toronto), Philip van Huizen (McMaster University), Andrew Watson (University of Saskatchewan), and Lucas Wilson (independent scholar).

Format: Hardcover and paperback

Buy it from McGill-Queens Press: http://www.mqup.ca/powering-up-canada-products-9780773547865.php?page_id=46&

Buy it from Amazon.ca: Powering Up Canada: The History of Power, Fuel, and Energy from 1600


August 15, 2016

The Frontier of Patriotism

Adriana A. Davies, Jeff Keshen, eds. The Frontier of Patriotism: Alberta and the First World War (Calgary: UCP, 2016)

With the centenary of the First World War, communities across Canada arranged commemorations of the war experience to honour local servicemen who, through their triumphs and sacrifices, were presented as laying the foundation for a free and independent country. Often overlooked are the triumphs and sacrifices of those who supported those soldiers, and the war effort in general, back at home. The Frontier of Patriotism provides an in-depth look at all aspects of Alberta’s involvement in the war, reflecting Albertans’ experiences both on the battlefield and on the home front. Contributors of the 40 essays all draw heavily on national and local archival resources. The war is seen through the letters, diaries and memoirs of the individuals who lived through it, as well as through accounts in local newspapers.

Readers will come away from this collection with a deeper appreciation of the different ways that the First World War, and its aftermath, shaped the lives of Albertans. For many, these four tumultuous years represented a time of individual valour and of communities pulling together and sacrificing for a noble cause. Yet, for others, the war left disillusionment and anger. Exploring these regional and local stories, as well as the national story, helps us understand the commonalities and distinctiveness of what it means to be Canadian. The Frontier of Patriotism is the most comprehensive treatment of Alberta during these critical, transformational years.

Format: Paperback

Check it out at the University of Calgary Press: http://press.ucalgary.ca/books/9781552388341

Buy it from Amazon.ca: The Frontier of Patriotism: Alberta and the First World War


August 30, 2016

Sisters or Strangers

Marlene Epp and Franca Iacovetta, Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History, 2nd ed. (Toronto: UTP, 2016).

Spanning more than two hundred years of history, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, Sisters or Strangers? explores the complex lives of immigrant, ethnic, and racialized women in Canada. Among the themes examined in this new edition are the intersection of race, crime, and justice, the creation of white settler societies, letters and oral histories, domestic labour, the body, political activism, food studies, gender and ethnic identity, and trauma, violence, and memory.

The second edition of this influential essay collection expands its chronological and conceptual scope with fifteen new essays that reflect the latest cutting-edge research in Canadian women’s history. Introductions to each thematic section include discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, making the book an even more valuable classroom resource than before.

Format: Hardcover and paperback

Buy it from UofT Press: http://www.utppublishing.com/Sisters-or-Strangers-Immigrant-Ethnic-and-Racialized-Women-in-Canadian-History-Second-Edition.html

Buy it on Amazon.ca: Sisters or Strangers?: Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History – Second Edition


Colin McCullough, Creating Canada’s Peacekeeping Past (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016)

*no cover image has been released yet*

Creating Canada’s Peacekeeping Past illuminates how Canada’s participation in United Nations’ peacekeeping efforts from 1956 to 1997 was used as a symbol of national identity – in Quebec and the rest of the country. Delving into four decades’ worth of documentaries, newspaper coverage, textbooks, political rhetoric, and more, Colin McCullough outlines the continuity and change in the production and reception of messages about peacekeeping. Engaging in debates about Canada’s international standing, as well as its broader national character, this book is an ingeniously conceived addition to the history of Canada’s changing national identity.

Format: Hardcover

Buy it from UBC Press:  http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299175290

Buy it on Amazon.ca: Creating Canada’s Peacekeeping Past


So there you have it, all of the books in Canadian history coming out this August. Are you planning on picking any of them up? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to check back in a month to see what’s coming out in September.
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