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Contesting Clio's Craft
New Directions and Debates in Canadian History
Christopher Dummitt   Michael Dawson  

$35.95 Paperback
Release Date: 8/1/2008
ISBN: 9781900039888    

200 Pages

Distributed for Brookings Institution Press


About the Book

This book offers innovative thoughts on present and future approaches to the study of the Canadian past. Moving beyond the political vs. social history debates that have dominated the field since the 1970s, these essays suggest novel questions and approaches while delving into recently overlooked subjects.

The authors place a particular emphasis on international, transnational, and comparative approaches to the past. Essays cover such topics as the Atlantic World, oral history, postcolonialism, public history, historical periodization, Canada’s place in the British Empire, and French-English relations. The art of history as a discipline and practice is also discussed. A must read for Canadian historians, Contesting Clio’s Craft will also appeal to international scholars interested in these issues and curious about the contribution that Canadian history has made to the broader history of the Americas.

Contributors include Michael Dawson (St.Thomas University), Michel Ducharme (University of British Columbia), Christopher Dummitt (Trent University), Magda Fahrni (Université du Québec à Montréal) Catherine Gidney (St.Thomas University), Steven High (Concordia University),Adele Perry (University of Manitoba), Katie Pickles (University of Canterbury), and Andrew Smith (Laurentian University).

About the Author(s)

Christopher Dummitt is a professor of history at Trent University.

Michael Dawson is an associate professor of history at St.Thomas University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Debating the Future of Canadian History: Preliminary Answers to Uncommon Questions
Christopher Dummitt and Michael Dawson

1. Reflections on the Place of Quebec in Historical Writing on Canada
Magda Fahrni

2. Sharing Authority in the Writing of Canadian History: The Case of Oral History
Steven High

3. Persistence and Inheritance: Rethinking Periodisation and English Canada’s ‘Twentieth Century’
Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney

4. Canadian Progress and the British Connection: Why Canadian Historians Seeking the Middle Road Should Give 2½ Cheers for the British Empire
Andrew Smith

5. After Inclusiveness: The Future of Canadian History
Christopher Dummitt

6. Nation, Empire and the Writing of History in Canada in English
Adele Perry

7. Transnational Intentions and Cultural Cringe: History Beyond National Boundaries
Katie Pickles

8. Canada in the Age of Revolutions: Rethinking Canadian Intellectual History in an Atlantic Perspective
Michel Ducharme


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History > Canada

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