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Matthew Hayday reviews Meaghan Elizabeth Beaton’s The Centennial Cure: Commemoration, Identity, and Cultural Capital in Nova Scotia during Canada’s 1967 Centennial Celebrations

Meaghan Elizabeth Beaton. The Centennial Cure: Commemoration, Identity, and Cultural Capital in Nova Scotia during Canada’s 1967 Centennial Celebrations (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017). By Matthew Hayday It seems entirely fitting to review a book about the 1967 Centennial … Continue reading

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Jason Hall reviews Jeffers Lennox, Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763

Jeffers Lennox. Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017). By Jason Hall In Homelands and Empires, Jeffers Lennox posits that “[c]ompeting notions of territory and … Continue reading

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Jane Jenkins reviews Jennifer Hubbard, David J. Wildish, and Robert L. Stephenson, eds. A Century of Maritime Science: The St. Andrews Biological Station

Jennifer Hubbard, David J. Wildish, and Robert L. Stephenson, eds. A Century of Maritime Science: The St. Andrews Biological Station (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016). by Jane Jenkins The Bay of Fundy, with its world-renowned high tides and its … Continue reading

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Graeme Wynn reviews Ronald Rees, New Brunswick Was His Country: The Life of William Francis Ganong

Ronald Rees. New Brunswick Was His Country: The Life of William Francis Ganong (Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2016).  By Graeme Wynn  W.F. Ganong, scion of the St. Stephen family of candy manufacturers, was a prodigious polymath, a professor of botany at … Continue reading

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Jane Errington reviews Gail G. Campbell’s “I wish to keep a record:” Nineteenth Century New Brunswick Women Diarists and Their World

Gail G. Campbell. “I wish to keep a record:” Nineteenth Century New Brunswick Women Diarists and Their World (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017). By Jane Errington As Gail Campbell reminds us, reading someone else’s diary takes us into a … Continue reading

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Stephen Kimber reviews Michael Dupuis, Bearing Witness: Journalists, Record Keepers and the 1917 Halifax Explosion

Michael Dupuis. Foreward by Alan Ruffman. Bearing Witness: Journalists, Record Keepers and the 1917 Halifax Explosion (Black Point, NS: Fernwood Publishing, 2017). By Stephen Kimber As a practising journalist for more than 40 years and a teacher of journalism for … Continue reading

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Patrick Mannion reviews Gerhard P. Bassler’s Escape Hatch: Newfoundland’s Quest for German Industry and Immigration, 1950-1970.

Gerhard P. Bassler. Escape Hatch: Newfoundland’s Quest for German Industry and Immigration, 1950-1970.  (St. John’s: Flanker Press, 2017)  By Patrick Mannion In Escape Hatch, Gerhard Bassler (Professor Emeritus of history, Memorial University of Newfoundland) provides a nuanced, transnational analysis of … Continue reading

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Peter Toner reviews Anna Kearney Guigné’s The Forgotten Songs of the Newfoundland Outports: As Taken from Kenneth Peacock’s Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951-1961.

Anna Kearney Guigné. The Forgotten Songs of the Newfoundland Outports: As Taken from Kenneth Peacock’s Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951-1961. Music re-edited and transcribed by Evelyn Osborne. Mercury Series, Cultural Studies Paper 87. (Ottawa: Canadian Museum of History and University of … Continue reading

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Andrew Parnaby reviews Andrew Molloy and Tom Urbaniak, eds. Company Houses, Company Towns: Heritage and Conservation

Andrew Molloy and Tom Urbaniak, eds. Company Houses, Company Towns: Heritage and Conservation. (Sydney: Cape Breton University Press, 2016) By Andrew Parnaby A colleague of mine recently purchased a house in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  While the sale went smoothly, insuring … Continue reading

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Book Review: Neil S. Forkey on Edward MacDonald, Joshua MacFadyen, and Irené Novaczek, eds., Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island.

Edward MacDonald, Joshua MacFadyen, and Irené Novaczek, eds. Time and a Place:  An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island. (Montréal and Kingston:  McGill-Queen’s University Press and Charlottetown: Island Studies Press, 2016) By Neil S. Forkey I am not an historian … Continue reading

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