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Writing British Columbia History, 1784-1958

Captain James Cook first made contact with the area now known as British Columbia in 1778. The colonists who followed soon realized they needed a written history, both to justify their dispossession of Aboriginal peoples and to formulate an identity for a new settler society. Writing British Columbia History traces how Euro-Canadian historians took up this task, and struggled with the newness of colonial society and overlapping ties to the British Empire, the United States, and Canada. This exploration of the role of history writing in colonialism and nation building will appeal to anyone interested in the history of British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and history writing in Canada.

216 pages

Table of Contents



1 The Earliest Pages of History

2 Pioneers, Railways and Civilization: The Late Nineteenth Century

3 A Greater Britain on the Pacific: History in the Edwardian Age

4 The Domain of History: Judge Frederic Howay

5 A Professional Past: The University of British Columbia and Walter Sage

6 W. Kaye Lamb, Margaret Ormsby, and a First Generation of BC Historians



Bibliography of Primary Sources


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