British Columbia is regularly described in superlatives both positive and negative - most spectacular scenery, strangest politics, greatest environmental sensitivity, richest Aboriginal cultures, most aggressive resource exploitation, closest ties to Asia. Jean Barman's The West beyond the West presents the history of the province in all its diversity and apparent contradictions. This critically acclaimed work is the premiere book on British Columbian history, with a narrative beginning at the point of contact between Native peoples and Europeans and continuing into the twenty-first century.
Barman tells the story by focusing not only on the history made by leaders in government but also on the roles of women, immigrants, and Aboriginal peoples in the development of the province. She incorporates new perspectives and expands discussions on important topics such as the province's relationship to Canada as a nation, its involvement in the two world wars, the perspectives of non-mainstream British Columbians, and its participation in recreation and sports including Olympics.
First published in 1991 and revised in 1996, this third edition of The West beyond the West has been supplemented by statistical tables incorporating the 2001 census, two more extensive illustration sections portraying British Columbia's history in images, and other new material bringing the book up to date. Barman's deft scholarship is readily apparent and the book demands to be on the shelf of anyone with an interest in British Columbian or Canadian history.
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About the Author
Jean Barman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, and is the author of the acclaimed study The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (1996).
Table of Contents
PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS MAPS
- In Search of British Columbia
- First Encounters, 1741-1825
- The Trade in Furs, 1789-1849
- Impetus to Settlement, 1846-1858
- Distant Oversight, 1858-1871
- The Young Province, 1871-1900
- Population Explosion, 1886-1914
- Disregard of Native Peoples, 1858-1945
- Growing Self-Confidence, 1900-1918
- Reform and Its Limits, 1871-1929
- The Best and Worst of Times, 1918-1945
- The Good Life, 1945-1972
- Equality Revolution, 1945-1980
- The Challenges of Leadership, 1972-2006
- A New Dynamic
- The British Columbian Identity
TABLES NOTES REFERENCES
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jean Barman's The West Beyond the West is a good and readable introduction to British Columbia's history. It covers all the main bases, from economic to social to labour history; the only deficient area is poltical history. The book's main thrust is just how disconnected from the province is from the rest of the nation-state is it a part of. British Columbia became a province of Canada so that it wouldn't become a part of the United States, for example. More recently, as the controversy over the lack of French at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics shows, British Columbia is probably the province where the "French fact" of Canada is weakest. Calling British Columbia "Canada's Pacific Province" seems to be a misnomer; "the Pacific's Canadian Province" seems like a more apt phrase.