Category Archives: Book Review

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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Book Review: Carole Watterson Troxler on Rebecca Brannon, From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists.

Rebecca Brannon. From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists. (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2016). By Carole Watterson Troxler Rebecca Brannon (James Madison University), has distilled a well-researched 2007 dissertation of about 500 pages to a … Continue reading

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Barry Cahill reviews James Muir’s Law, Debt and Merchant Power: The Civil Courts of Eighteenth-Century Halifax (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016)

James Muir. Law, Debt and Merchant Power: The Civil Courts of Eighteenth-Century Halifax. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016) By Barry Cahill James Muir’s book is a densely-detailed study of the administration of civil justice in Halifax from its founding … Continue reading

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William C. Wicken reviews Marie Battiste, editor. Living Treaties: Narrating Mi’kmaw Treaty Relations. (Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2016)

Marie Battiste, editor. Living Treaties: Narrating Mi’kmaw Treaty Relations. (Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2016) By William C. Wicken This collection includes essays by political leaders, scholars, lawyers, and community activists discussing various aspects of the Mi’kmaw struggle to … Continue reading

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‘A hierarchical world of Scottish military settlers’: the diaries of Jacobina Campbell and Hector MacLean

By Bonnie Huskins Murray Young and Gail G. Campbell eds., A Calendar of Life in a Narrow Valley: Jacobina Campbell’s Diary, Taymouth, New Brunswick, 1825-1843 (Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, 2015). Jo Currie, Keith Mercer, and John G. Reid eds., Hector Maclean: … Continue reading

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Royden Loewen reviews Evangelia Tastsoglou, Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Barbara Cottrell, eds. The Warmth of the Welcome: Is Atlantic Canada a Home Away from Home for Immigrants?

Evangelia Tastsoglou, Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Barbara Cottrell, eds. The Warmth of the Welcome: Is Atlantic Canada a Home Away from Home for Immigrants?  (Sydney: Cape Breton University Press, 2015). By Royden Loewen  This book presents work from social scientists (sociologists, … Continue reading

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