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States of Nature
Conserving Canada's Wildlife in the Twentieth Century
Tina Loo  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/24/2006
ISBN: 9780774812894    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2007
ISBN: 9780774812900    

320 Pages

US paperback rights held by University of Washington Press.

Nature | History | Society series


About the Book

Shortlisted, 2010 François-Xavier Garneau Medal, Canadian Historical Association

Winner, 2008 Harold Adams Innis Prize, The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Winner, 2007 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association

Since the early days of the fur trade, wildlife has been powerfully and inspiringly emblematic of Canada. Yet the story of saving Canada’s wildlife is largely unknown.

States of Nature is one of the first books to trace the development of Canadian wildlife conservation from its social, political, and historical roots. While noting the influence of celebrity conservationists such as Jack Miner and Grey Owl, Tina Loo emphasizes the impact of ordinary people on the evolution of wildlife management in Canada. She also explores the elements leading up to the emergence of the modern environmental movement, ranging from the reliance on and practical knowledge of wildlife demonstrated by rural people to the more aloof and scientific approach of state-sponsored environmentalism.

Illustrated with evocative images of the Canadian wilderness of yesteryear and supported by historical case studies, States of Nature will appeal to historians, policy makers, and wildlife managers, as well as to general readers fascinated by the natural world and its champions.

About the Author(s)

Tina Loo is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Illustrations / viii

Foreword: Troubles with Nature / xi

Acknowledgments / xxiii

Introduction / 1

1 Wild by Law: Animals, People, and the State to 1945 / 11

2 Make Way for Wildlife: Colonization, Resistance, and Transformation / 39

3 The Dominion of Father Goose: Local Knowledge and Wildlife Conservation / 63

4 The Hudson’s Bay Company and Scientific Conservation / 93

5 Buffalo Burgers and Reindeer Steaks: Government Wildlife Conservation in Postwar Canada / 121

6 Predators and Postwar Conservation / 149

7 From Wildlife to Wild Places / 183

Conclusion / 210

Notes / 215

Selected Bibliography / 254

Index / 270


Loo uses the history of Canadian wildlife conservation as a lens through which to view the changing attitude of Canadians to wildlife in the twentieth century… It is this kind of reassessment that makes States of Nature such a welcome addition to the literature on wildlife conservation
-- Bill Waiser, The Beaver, December 2006 p49

States of Nature enriches our understanding of the history of Canadian wildlife conservation initiatives throughout the twentieth century. With this book, Tina Loo has laid a foundation for the development of a truly North American history of conservation.
—Frederick R. Davis, ISIS, Vol. 98, No. 2, June 2007

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Tina Loo has provided the field of Canadian environmental history with its most sophisticated and original interpretation of wildlife conservation to date.
– Neil S. Forkey, Environmental History Journal Volume 12, Number 4. October 2007

Loo … provides a very insightful critical analysis of wildlife conservation in Canada from settlement through the 1960’s. She effectively demonstrates, through archival research, how the management techniques adopted by federal and provincial governments in Canada reflected the tension between the hegemonic views of nature by urban dwellers in opposition to the marginalized rural white and indigenous cultures. …This well-written, well-illustrated, easy-to-read work adds an important counterpoint to the more US-centered histories of North American environmentalism.
- J. P. Tiefenbacher, Texas State University, Choice, Vol. 45, No. 02, October 2007

The recent release of Tina Loo’s States of Nature will do much to dispel the notion of a limited historical significance for Canada’s wildlife conservation movement. Although there have been a plethora of recent monographs on the complex history of Canadian wildlife conservation, Loo’s beautifully written, lavishly illustrated, and exhaustively researched volume goes further than any of the others with its examination of wildlife conservation as a broad social movement and as an outgrowth of popular culture.

States of Nature is an intelligent, eloquent, and thoroughly entertaining account of the wildlife conservation movement in Canada. It stands as a major contribution to fields of environmental and conservation history in this country and internationally. It is an instant classic that will both educate and reward….
- John Sandlos, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Labour / Le Travail, Vol. 60, Fall 2007

States of Nature is an excellent contribution to scholarship. The book rests on a solid foundation of primary material gathered from archival collections across the country. … the book is an invaluable pedagogical tool for senior undergraduate
courses in environmental history.
- George Warecki, Brescia University College, H-Canada, June 2008

In States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century, Tina Loo makes a valuable contribution to a subject that has for some time needed revisiting. […] States of Nature works on a broader canvass and provides new theoretical understandings of a very complex topic. Well-researched and written, and thorough in its citation of secondary literature, Loo’s work will appeal to both general readers and specialists in environmental history. States of Nature illuminates the many social, environmental, and ethical questions arising in game conservation.
- George Colpitts, University of Calgary, Histoire sociale/Social History, Vol.XL, No.79, May 2007

For those interested in the history of conservation, wildlife management, First Nations, state power and individual agency, Loo offers insightful analysis within provocative framework and makes a significant contribution to the literature on conservation in Canada and is enjoyable to read.
- Jean L. Manore, Bishop's University, Left History, Vol.1, Issue 13, Spring/Summer 2008

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

History > Canada
Environmental Studies

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