As we prepare to launch our updated CanadasHistory.ca website, we present the first edition of a new item that highlights recently released Canadian history titles and will replace our former Featured Titles listings.
With the inauguration of a new U.S. president, Canada’s trade and diplomatic ties with our southern neighbour are very much in the spotlight. It has been a long and complicated relationship, and Asa McKercher’s Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era explores how political, economic and military concerns played out in the early 1960s. Another book released last year — James Laxer’s Staking Claims to a Continent: John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America — looks back a century earlier to the 1860s, a decade the author says was a defining period.
Readers who appreciate political history may also be interested by Canada Always: The Defining Speeches of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, edited by Arthur Milnes. Besides the words of former Prime Minister Laurier, the book includes commentaries by notable journalists and political figures such as former prime ministers Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Stephen Harper and Paul Martin.
Several recently released books explore aspects of the treaties between Canada and First Nations. These include From Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Government and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870–1905, by D.J. Hall, Living Treaties: Narrating Mi’Kmaw Treaty Relations, edited by Marie Battiste, and From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians, by Greg Poelzer and Ken S. Coates.
Two books that examine the history of the prairies are Bison and People on the Great North American Plains: A Deep Environmental History, edited by Geoff Cunfer and Bill Waiser, and Sarah Carter’s Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies.
And finally, for now, I’ll mention Visiting with the Ancestors: Blackfoot Shirts in Museum Spaces, by Laura Peers and Alison K. Brown. Their book tells the story of five painted, beaded shirts that returned from Oxford, England, to Blackfoot territory in Alberta for the first time since they were acquired by men from the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1841.
Please keep in mind that you can read nearly 500 reviews on the Books channel of our website — and watch for more recent releases next month.