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Made Modern

Science and Technology in Canadian History

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Made Modern

Science and Technology in Canadian History

Science and technology have shaped not only economic empires and industrial landscapes, but also the identities, anxieties, and understandings of people living in modern times. Made Modern draws together leading scholars from a wide range of fields who write on topics ranging from exploration and infrastructure to the occult sciences and communications. The contributors use histories of science and technology to enrich our understanding of Canadian history and of Canada’s place in a transnational modern world. The first major collection of its kind in thirty years, this book explores the place of science and technology in shaping Canadians’ experience of themselves and their place in the modern world.

388 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Science, Technology, and the Modern in Canada / Edward Jones-Imhotep and Tina Adcock

Part 1: Bodies

1 Civilizing the Natives: Richard King and His Ethnographic Writings on Indigenous Northerners / Efram Sera-Shriar

2 Scientist Tourist Sportsman Spy: Boundary-Work and the Putnam Eastern Arctic Expeditions / Tina Adcock

3 Nature’s Tonic: Electric Medicine in Urban Canada, 1880–1920 / Dorotea Gucciardo

4 Cosmic Moderns: Re-Enchanting the Body in Canada’s Atomic Age, 1931–51 / Beth A. Robertson

Part 2: Technologies

5 The Second Industrial Revolution in Canadian History / James Hull

6 Mysteries of the New Phone Explained: Introducing Dial Telephones and Automatic Service to Bell Canada Subscribers in the 1920s / Jan Hadlaw

7 Small Science: Trained Acquaintance and the One-Man Research Team / David Theodore

8 Paris–Montreal–Babylon: The Modernist Genealogies of Gerald Bull / Edward Jones-Imhotep

9 Percy Schmeiser, Roundup Ready® Canola, and Canadian Agricultural Modernity / Eda Kranakis

Part 3: Environments

10 Landscapes of Science in Canada: Modernity and Disruption / Stephen Bocking

11 “For Canada and for Science”: Transnational Modernity and the Report of the Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913–1918 / Andrew Stuhl

12 North Stars and Sun Destinations: Time, Space, and Nation at Trans Canada Air Lines/Air Canada, 1947–70 / Blair Stein

13 Negotiating High Modernism: The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project / Daniel Macfarlane

Epilogue: Canadian Modernity as an Icon of the Anthropocene / Dolly Jørgensen

Index

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