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Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Canadian History books.

1. A Short History of Canada: Seventh Edition (2017)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should Read.Most of us know bits and pieces of our history but would like to be more sure of how it all fits together. The trick is to find a history that is so absorbing you will want to read it from beginning to end. With this expanded, seventh edition of A Short History of Canada, readers need look no further.     Desmond Morton, one of Canada’s most highly respected historians, is keenly aware of the ways in which our past informs the present, and in one compact and engrossing volume, he pulls off the remarkable feat of bringing it all together — from the…
Author(s): Desmond Morton

2. The Kids Book of Canadian History (2009)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadCanada has a rich and fascinating history. In this informative overview, kids will discover the people, places and events that have shaped our country. Featuring fact boxes, mini-profiles, maps, a timeline and more, this title in the acclaimed Kids Book of series offers a comprehensive and engaging look at Canada’s development, change and growth. Kids can read about? the potlatch ceremonies of the west coast Aboriginal people? the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway ? the battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I? the role of Canadian women in World War II? the…
Author(s): Carlotta Hacker, John Mantha

3. Canadian History for Dummies (2005)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadThis new edition of Canadian History For Dummies takes readers on a thrilling ride through Canadian history, from indigenous native cultures and early French and British settlements through Paul Martin’s shaky minority government. This timely update features all the latest, up-to-the-minute findings in historical and archeological research. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada’s double-gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien’s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the recent sponsorship scandal….
Author(s): Will Ferguson

4. A Hoser’s Guide to Canadian History: A Really Good Attempt To Explain How We Got Here (2016)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadThe great thing about being Canadian is simply this: we don’t take ourselves too seriously, which works out pretty well because no one else on the planet takes us seriously, either. If you’re reading this book, there’s a good chance you’re a Canadian. But what does that mean? There are the stereotypical nods, such as politeness and apologizing, but there’s so much more! To be honest, you’ve probably taken part in (or at least talked about) hockey, poutine, curling, canoes, health care, snowshoes, parkas, camping, beer, road work, Canadian Tire, Slurpees, moose, maple syrup, and Tim Hortons in the last 24 hours….
Author(s): Kirt Purdy

5. A Concise History of Canada (Cambridge Concise Histories) (2012)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadMargaret Conrad’s history of Canada begins with a challenge to its readers. What is Canada? What makes up this diverse, complex, and often contested nation-state? What was its founding moment? And who are its people? Drawing on her many years of experience as a scholar, writer, and teacher of Canadian history, Conrad offers astute answers to these difficult questions. Beginning in Canada’s deep past with the arrival of its Aboriginal peoples, she traces its history through the conquest by Europeans, the American Revolutionary War, and the industrialization of the nineteenth…
Author(s): Margaret Conrad

6. Canada: Canadian History: From Aboriginals to Modern Society – The People, Places and Events That Shaped The History of Canada and North America (2017)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadCanada is known all over the world due to its undying commitment to multiculturalism and its social and ethnic diversity. In a time when these values were unspoken of, Canada was the first country to embrace an official multiculturalism policy. Nevertheless, the path that Canada followed to become the powerful nation it is today was like a labyrinth, filled with challenges and obstacles. Starting from Canada’s first inhabitants and explorers, this brief book will offer you a comprehensive overview of Canada’s history, as it presents the key events that altered the…
Author(s): William D. Willis

7. A People’s History of Quebec (2009)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadRevealing a little-known part of North American history, this lively guide tells the fascinating tale of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley. It also tells of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who traveled, mapped, and inhabited a very large part of North America, and “embrothered the peoples” they met, as Jack Kerouac wrote.Connecting everyday life to the events that emerged as historical turning points in the life of a people, this book sheds new light on Quebec’s 450-year history––and on the historical forces that lie behind its two recent efforts to gain independence….
Author(s): Jacques Lacoursière, Robin Philpot

8. Canada: An Illustrated History: An Illustrated History, Revised and Expanded (2017)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadFrom the early days of exploration and settlement to Canada’s participation in space exploration and the 2015 federal election, this illustrated history conveys the drama and scope of the nation. Through accessible commentary and a wealth of images, both well-known and obscure facets of Canadian history are presented in this splendid compendium.Read about Canada’s first newspaper, the Halifax Gazette, which, in its first iteration, was a single sheet of paper. Find out which Canadian bridge collapsed not once, but twice. Discover the nation’s history of crime and punishment, firefighting, the 25-cent and…
Author(s): Derek Hayes

9. The Penguin History of Canada (2007)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadCanada is in many ways a country of limits, a paradox for a place that enjoys virtually unlimited space. Most of that space is uninhabited, and much of it is uninhabitable. It is a country with a huge north but with most of its population in the south, hugging the U.S. border. An uneasy and difficult country, Canada has nevertheless defied the odds: it remains, in the 21st century, a haven of peace and a beacon of prosperity. Erudite yet accessible and marked by narrative flair, The Penguin History of Canada paints an expansive portrait of a dynamic and complex country….
Author(s): Robert Bothwell

10. The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760 (Histories of the American Frontier) (1983)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadThis account of the French era in Canada is the most original treatment of the subject in over a century. The analysis and ideas in the first edition helped create a whole new school of thought about Canadian history. Over 50,000 copies have been used in classrooms in Canada and the United States in the decade since its publication. In this revised edition, the author updates the bibliography and adds new ideas advanced in the 1970s that will make more valuable still this acclaimed general history of New France….
Author(s): W. J. Eccles

11. Legacy: How French Canadians Shaped North America (2019)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadIn 1913, schoolgirls found a heavy metal plaque peeking out of the soil in St-Pierre, South Dakota. On it they saw engraved characters and signs they could not decipher. They took the plaque back home, and somehow, it found its way into the hands of a local historian who immediately realized the importance of the artifact.     One hundred and seventy years earlier, French-Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye had written about his travels to the west in search of the elusive “Western Sea.” In his journal, he remembered: “I placed upon a hillock near the fort a lead plaque with the…
Author(s): Andre Pratte, Jonathan Kay

12. History: Canadian History in 50 Events: From Early Settlement to the Present Day (Canadian History For Dummies, Canada History, History Books) (History in 50 Events Series) (Volume 12) (2016)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadDo you want to know how Canada became one of the richest nations on Earth? Read about the 50 most important events in Canadian History, from the first Settlement to the Present Day. . Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of Some of them include: – Prehistoric hunters cross over into North America from Asia (30,000 – 10,000 BC) – The Inuit people begin to move into what are now the Northwest Territories (2000 BC) – Leif Ericsson leads Viking expedition to the new World (C.1000 AD) – Martin Frobisher sails to the Hudson Bay (1576) – Samuel de Champlain establishes a French…
Author(s): James Weber

13. National Dreams: Myth, Memory, and Canadian History (2002)

 Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should ReadAs Canadians, we remember the stories told to us in high-school history class as condensed images of the past–the glorious Mountie, the fearsome Native, the Last Spike. National Dreams is an incisive study of the most persistent icons and stories in Canadian history, and how they inform our sense of national identity: the fundamental beliefs that we Canadians hold about ourselves. National Dreams is the story of our stories; the myths and truths of our collective past that we first learned in school, and which we carry throughout our adult lives as tangible evidence of what separates us from other nationalities. Francis examines…
Author(s): Daniel Francis

Best Canadian History Books Everyone Should Read

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Research in History and Philosophy of Mathematics: The CSHPM 2018 Volume (Proceedings of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of ... et de philosophie des mathématiques)

Author(s): Maria Zack (editor), Dirk Schlimm (editor)
ID: 2523472, Publisher: Birkhäuser, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance

Author(s): Heidi Bohaker
ID: 2860186, Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

The secret history of soldiers: how Canadians survived the Great War

Author(s): Canada. Canadian Armed Forces;Canada. Canadian Army;Cook, Tim
ID: 2656894, Publisher: Penguin Canada;Allen Lane, Year: 2019;2018, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

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