Historical Atlas of Canada: Volume III: Addressing the Twentieth Century

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In 1891 the young nation of Canada stood on the brink of a great surge of growth and development. During the seven decades covered in this volume Canada would be transformed from a rural, agricultural society, almost exclusively British and French in background, to an urban, industrial nation with more cultural diversity. These developments are illustrated in the exceptionally vivid plates of the Historical Atlas of Canada, III: Addressing the Twentieth Century.

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Overview

In 1891 the young nation of Canada stood on the brink of a great surge of growth and development. During the seven decades covered in this volume Canada would be transformed from a rural, agricultural society, almost exclusively British and French in background, to an urban, industrial nation with more cultural diversity. These developments are illustrated in the exceptionally vivid plates of the Historical Atlas of Canada, III: Addressing the Twentieth Century.

The first part of the volume, the Great Transformation, covers developments from 1891 to 1929, the year the stock market crashed. In this period of economic and social change are charted, among other aspects, land and resource development, the growth of financial institutions, prairie agriculture and the grain-handling system, industrial growth, and changes in education, religion, and social structures. Individual plates include detailed studies of the formation of the United Church of Canada in 1925; the evolution of suburban neighbourhoods in Edmonton; the wave of strikes in 1919; Ukrainian settlement in southern Manitoba in 1901; the interlocking business interests of Toronto financiers in 1913; the formation of the National Hockey League and the rise of spectator sport; and the development of Montreal as a great industrial city.

The second part of the volume. Crisis and Response, deals with the Depression, the Second World War, and the post-war boom. Here are charted shifts in the make-up and distribution of the population, a growing range of social services, and the emergence of a national economy. The plates in this section include graphic representations of drought on the Prairies in the 1930S; the routes of unemployed people riding the rails in search of work; the development of Ottawa as the nation's capital; the rise of retail trade; the strong growth in the uranium and petroleum industries; and the spread of television.

With unsurpassed clarity, the Atlas presents the forces that have shaped Canadian society today. Anyone who wishes to understand contemporary Canada will find this volume richly rewarding.

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Editorial Reviews

Montreal Gazette

'A thing of beauty and a mine of information.'

— James Stewart

Maclean's Magazine

'What sets the book in a class of its own is the astonishingly diverse areas that it addresses.'

Edmonton Journal

'An awesome achievement, a cartographic masterpiece in which one can easily get lost.'

— James Adams

Equinox

'A major publishing event, a cartographic milestone and a new chapter in the exploration of Canadian history and geography.'

— Brian Banks

Canadian Historical Review

'The sheer complexity of the undertaking, range of topics, depth of scholarship, revelation of detail, and ingenuity of presentation all continue to impress.'

— D.W. Meinig

James Stewart

'A thing of beauty and a mine of information.'

James Adams

'An awesome achievement, a cartographic masterpiece in which one can easily get lost.'

Brian Banks

'A major publishing event, a cartographic milestone and a new chapter in the exploration of Canadian history and geography.'

From the Publisher

'A beautifully designed book, this atlas is an essential contribution to North American history.'

D.W. Meinig

'The sheer complexity of the undertaking, range of topics, depth of scholarship, revelation of detail, and ingenuity of presentation all continue to impress.'

Al Jantzi

'The text, the pictures, the diagrams and charts are welcome tools for teachers and should be part of every school library.'

Tom Oleson

'It must be in every library, and it should be in every home.'

Royce MacGillivray

'[The reader] is likely to return again and again with wonder and gratitude to these gorgeous pages.'

David Oancia

'Students, teachers and researchers will find it to be an immensely valuable and refreshing work of reference.'

Duncan McDowall

'It startles us into realizing that man's relation to the land is ever-changing and cumulative.'

Joy Fielding

'An accessible up-to-date interpretation of our country's history through maps and graphs.'

Booknews
The third volume in this splendid project. The extraordinarily fine cartography is a mix of historical geographical images and topical mapping economic growth, population characteristics, railway developments, manufacturing, finance, resources the depression of the 30s, WWII, social change.... Kerr and colleagues have created a finer reference of its kind than any we've seen. The price belies the quality it is a $250 work; a heavy subsidy is obvious. Magnificent. So how could UT Press have printed it on acidic paper? This is a book for the ages. 11x15". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802034489
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 10.83 (w) x 14.78 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Deryck Wililam Holdsworth is Profesor of Geography at Pennsylvania State University. He is co-editor of The Historical Atlas of Canada, Volume III.

Donald Kerr is Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Toronto, and former president of the Canadian Association of Geographers.

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