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The West and Beyond

New Perspectives on an Imagined “Region”

The West and Beyond explores the state of Western Canadian history, showcasing the research interests of a new generation of scholars while charting new directions for the future and stimulating further interrogation of our past. This dynamic collection encourages dialogue among generations of historians of the West and among practitioners of diverse approaches to the past. It also reflects a broad range of disciplinary and professional boundaries, offering new ways to understand the West.

448 pages

Table of Contents



Part One. Frameworks for Western Canadian History

1.     Critical History in Western Canada 1900–2000 / Gerald Friesen

2.     Vernacular Currents in Western Canadian Historiography: The Passion and Prose of Katherine Hughes, F.G. Roe, and Roy Ito / Lyle Dick

3.     Cree Intellectual Traditions in History / Winona Wheeler

Part Two. The Aboriginal West

4.     Visualizing Space, Race, and History in the North: Photographic Narratives of the Athabasca-Mackenzie River Basin / Matt Dyce and James Opp

5.     The Kaleidoscope of Madness: Perceptions of Insanity in British Columbia Aboriginal Populations, 1872–1950 / Kathryn McKay

6.     Space, Temporality, History: Encountering Hauntings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside / Amber Dean

7.     The Expectations of a Queen: Identity and Race Politics in the Calgary Stampede / Susan L. Joudrey

Part Three. The Workers’ West

8.     Capitalist Development, Forms of Labour, and Class Formation in Prairie Canada / Jeffery Taylor

9.     Two Wests, One-and-a-Half Paradigms, and, Perhaps, Beyond / Elizabeth Jameson

10. Disease as Embodied Praxis: Epidemics, Public Health, and Working-Class Resistance in Winnipeg, 1906–19 / Esyllt W. Jones

11. Winnipeg’s Moment: The Winnipeg Postal Strike of 1919 / John Willis

Part Four. Viewing the West from the

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