The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia

The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia

by Jean Barman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442691841
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 08/25/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 449
File size: 6 MB

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


  1. In Search of British Columbia
  2. First Encounters, 1741-1825
  3. The Trade in Furs, 1789-1849
  4. Impetus to Settlement, 1846-1858
  5. Distant Oversight, 1858-1871
  6. The Young Province, 1871-1900
  7. Population Explosion, 1886-1914
  8. Disregard of Native Peoples, 1858-1945
  9. Growing Self-Confidence, 1900-1918
  10. Reform and Its Limits, 1871-1929
  11. The Best and Worst of Times, 1918-1945
  12. The Good Life, 1945-1972
  13. Equality Revolution, 1945-1980
  14. The Challenges of Leadership, 1972-2006
  15. A New Dynamic
  16. The British Columbian Identity


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Babbler on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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.