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Bibliography of Canadian history

This is a bibliography of major works on the History of Canada.

Atlases, geography, environment

Surveys (Overviews)

Provinces and territories


  • Artibise, Alan (1977). Winnipeg: An Illustrated History. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. 
  • Brennan, J. William (1989). Regina: An Illustrated History. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. 
  • Errington, Jane (1988). Greater Kingston: Historic Past, Progressive Future. Burlington: Windsor Publications Ltd. 
  • Fraser, W.B. (1967). Calgary. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 
  • Glazebrook, G. P. de T. (1971). The Story of Toronto. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 
  • Gregson, Harry (1977). A History of Victoria, 1842 - 1970. North Vancouver: J.J Douglas Ltd. 
  • MacGregor, J.G. (1967). Edmonton: A History. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers. 
  • Mauro, Joseph (1990). Thunder Bay: A City's Story. Thunder Bay: Joseph Mauro. 
  • Morrison, Neil F. (1954). Garden Gateway to Canada: One Hundred Years of Windsor and Essex County 1854 - 1954. Toronto: Ryerson Press. 
  • Nader, George (1975). Cities of Canada: volume=I: Theoretical, Historical and Planning Perspectives. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. 
  • Nader, George (1976). Cities of Canada: volume=II: Profiles of Fifteen Metropolitan Centres. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. 
  • Nicol, Eric (1978). Vancouver. Toronto: Doubleday Canada Ltd. 
  • Raddall, Thomas H. (1971). Halifax: Warden of the North. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited. 
  • Roberts, Leslie (1969). Montreal: From Mission Colony to World City. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. 
  • Woods, Shirley E. (1980). Ottawa: The Capital of Canada. Toronto: Doubleday Canada Ltd. 



Prior to 1763




  • Baldwin, Douglas (2000), The 1920s in Canada, Weigl Educational Publishers ISBN 1-896990-66-5
  • Baldwin, Douglas (2000), The 1930s in Canada, Weigl Educational Publishers ISBN 1-896990-64-9
  • Bothwell, Robert, Ian Drummond, and John English. Canada 1900-1945. and Canada since 1945 (2d. ed. 1987-1989), college textbook
  • Craats, Rennay (2000), The 1940s in Canada, Weigl Educational Publishers ISBN 1-896990-62-2
  • Hacker, Carlotta (2000), The 1950s in Canada, Weigl Educational ISBN 1-896990-60-6
  • Allen, Ralph; Ordeal by Fire: Canada, 1910–1945 (1961), 492pp online
  • Berton, Pierre (2001), The Great Depression: 1929-1939, Anchor Canada ISBN 0-385-65843-5 excerpt and text search
  • Bouchery, Jean. Canadian Soldier in World War II: From D-Day to VE-Day (2007)
  • Ciment, James; Thaddeus Russell (2007). The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada in World Wars I and II. ABC-CLIO. 
  • Copp, Terry. Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945 (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Dawson, R.M. William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Political Biography. Vol. 1: 1874-1923, (1958)
  • Donaghy, Greg, ed. Canada and the Early Cold War, 1943-1957 (1998)
  • Granatstein, J. L. Canada's War: The Politics of the Mackenzie King Government, 1939-1945 (1975)
  • Granatstein, J. L. The Politics of Survival: The Conservative Party of Canada 1939-45 (1967)
  • McNaught, John K. A Prophet in Politics (1959), the standard biography of J. S. Woodsworth excerpt and text search
  • Neatby, H. Blair. The Politics of Chaos: Canada in the Thirties (1972) excerpt and text search
  • Neatby, H. Blair. William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1924-1932: The Lonely Heights (1963) standard biography online
  • Neatby, H. Blair William Lyon Mackenzie King: 1932-1939: the Prism of Unity (1976) standard biography
  • Nakano, Takeo Ujo (1983), Within the barbed wire fence : a Japanese man's account of his internment in Canada, Goodread Biographies, ISBN 0-88780-102-1
  • Pierson, Ruth Roach. 'They're still women after all': the Second World War and Canadian Womanhood (1986)
  • Roy, P., J.L. Granatstein, Masako Iino & Hiroko Takamura, Mutual Hostages: Canadians and Japanese During the Second World War (1990)
  • Stacey, C. P. Arms, Men and Governments: The War Policies of Canada, 1939-1945 (1970) standard survey
  • Robertson, Gordon (2000) Memoirs of a very civil servant: Mackenzie King to Pierre Trudeau, University of Toronto Press ISBN 0-8020-4445-X
  • Robert A. Wardhaugh, Mackenzie King and the Prairie West. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

Since 1957

  • Bothwell, Robert; Ian Drummond (1989), Canada since 1945 2d. ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press,
  • Craats, Rennay (2000), The 1970s in Canada, Weigl Educational ISBN 1-896990-42-8
  • Hacker, Carlotta (2000), The 1950s in Canada, Weigl Educational ISBN 1-896990-60-6
  • Palmer, Bryan D. (2009). Canada's 1960s: the ironies of identity in a rebellious era, University of Toronto Press ISBN 978-0-8020-9954-9
  • Seidlitz, Lauri (2000), Canada Through the Decades: 1990's, Weigl Educational ISBN 1-896990-38-X
  • Shipton, Rosemary (2000), The 1960s in Canada, Weigl Educational ISBN 1-896990-44-4


Military history

Official histories

  • Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War
  • 3 vol.The R.C.A.F. Overseas
  • Official History of the Canadian Army in Korea

Economic history


  • List of Economic Surveys of Canada 1961-present - by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Baldwin, John R., and Petr Hanel. Innovation and Knowledge Creation in an Open Economy: Canadian Industry and International Implications (2007)
  • Berton, Pierre. The Great Depression: 1929-1939 (1990) is a popular acoount
  • Burton, F. W. "Wheat in Canadian History," The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science Vol. 3, No. 2 (May, 1937), pp. 210–217
  • Drummond, Ian M. Progress Without Planning: The Economic History of Ontario from Confederation to the Second World War (1987)
  • Glazebrook, G. P. de T. A History of Transportation in Canada (1938)
  • Innis, Harold. A., and A. R. M. Lower; Select Documents in Canadian Economic History, 1783-1885 University of Toronto Press, 1933, primary sources
  • Mackintosh, W.A. "The Laurentian Plateau in Canadian Economic Development," Economic Geography, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Oct., 1926), pp. 537–549
  • Marr, William L. and Donald Patterson. Canada: An Economic History, 1980.
  • Neill, Robin (1991) A history of Canadian economic thought, Routledge
  • Norrie, Kenneth, Douglas Owram, and J.C. Herbert Emery. A History of the Canadian Economy 4th ed. (2007)
  • Russell, Peter A. Farming in the Nineteenth Century (2012), 400pp; covers Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba
  • Young, John H. "Comparative Economic Development: Canada and the United States," American Economic Review, (1955) 45#2, pp. 80–93 in JSTOR

Business history

  • Bliss, Michael. Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business. McClelland and Stewart, (1987).
  • Fleming, Keith R. Power at Cost: Ontario Hydro and Rural Electrification, 1911-1958. McGill-Queen's U. Press, (1992). 326 pp.
  • Frost, James D. Merchant princes: Halifax's first family of finance, ships, and steel (2003)
  • Klassen, Henry C. A Business History of Alberta (1999) 362 pp.
  • Kottman, Richard N. "Herbert Hoover and the Smoot–Hawley Tariff: Canada, A Case Study", Journal of American History (1975), 62#3 pp 609–635 in JSTOR
  • Laxer, Gordon. Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1989).
  • Lingenfelter, Richard E., ed. The Mining West: A Bibliography & Guide to the History & Literature of Mining in the American & Canadian West. 2 vol Scarecrow, 2003. 1550 pp
  • McDonald, Judith; O'Brien, Anthony Patrick; Callahan, Colleen. "Trade Wars: Canada's Reaction to the Smoot–Hawley Tariff", Journal of Economic History (1997), 57#4 pp 802–826, in JSTOR
  • Myers, Gustavus (1972), A history of Canadian wealth, Lewis and Samuel online, on the super-rich
  • Naylor, Tom. The History of Canadian Business. 1867-1914 2 vol (1976)
  • Porter, John. "Concentration of Economic Power and the Economic Elite in Canada," The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science, Vol. 22, No. 2 (May, 1956), pp. 199–220
  • Roberts, David. In the Shadow of Detroit: Gordon M. McGregor, Ford of Canada, and Motoropolis. Wayne State U. Press, 2006. 320 pp.
  • Santink, Joy L. Timothy Eaton and the Rise of His Department Store. U. of Toronto Press, 1990. 319 pp.
  • Taylor, Graham D. and Peter Baskerville. A Concise History of Business in Canada (1994)
  • Watts, George. The Bank of Canada: Origins and Early History (Carleton University Press, 1993)
  • Williams, Glen. Not for Export: The International Competitiveness of Canadian Manufacturing. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 3rd edition, 1994.





Political and legal

  • Argyle, Ray. Turning Points: The Campaigns That Changed Canada - 2011 and Before (2011) excerpt and text search, ch 5
  • Auger, Michel; Edwards, Peter (2004), The encyclopedia of Canadian organized crime: from Captain Kidd to Mom Boucher, Marks & Spencer ISBN 0-7710-3044-4
  • Courtney, John C; David E. Smith. The Oxford handbook of Canadian politics (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Craik, Neil et al., eds. Public Law: Cases, materials, and commentary (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2006).
  • Dyck, Rand. Canadian Politics, Concise Fifth Edition (Cengage Learning, 2011)
  • Fierlbeck, Katherine. Political Thought in Canada: An Intellectual History, Broadview Press, 2006
  • Greene, Ian The Charter of Rights (1989), James Lorimer and Company, ISBN 1-55028-185-2
  • McKay, Ian. Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History, Between the Lines, 2006
  • Morton, Frederick Lee. Law, politics, and the judicial process in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2002).
  • Schneider, Stephen. Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada (Wiley, 2009)

Cultural history, popular culture


  • Axelrod, Paul. The Promise of Schooling: Education in Canada, 1800-1914 (1997)
  • Burke, Sara Z., and Patrice Milewski, eds. Schooling in Transition: Readings in Canadian History of Education (2012) 24 articles by experts
  • Di Mascio, Anthony. The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper Canada: Print Culture, Public Discourse, and the Demand for Education (McGill-Queen's University Press; 2012) 248 pages; building a common system of schooling in the late-18th and early 19th centuries.
  • Gidney, R.D. and W.P.J. Millar. How Schools Worked: Public Education in English Canada, 1900-1940 (2011) 552pp; additional details
  • Harris, Robin S. A history of higher education in Canada, 1663-1960 (1976)


Social, ethnicity, religion, and population

Women, gender, family

Historiography and guides to the scholarly literature

  • See also List of Canadian historians
  • Artibise, Alan F. J., ed. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Canadian Society: A Guide to the Literature. (1990). 156 pp.
  • Berger, Carl. Writing Canadian History: Aspects of English Canadian Historical Writing since 1900, 2nd edition (1986)
  • Berger, Carl, ed. Contemporary Approaches to Canadian Writing (1987)
  • Bliss, Michael. "Privatizing the Mind: The Sundering of Canadian History, the Sundering of Canada," Journal of Canadian Studies 26 (Winter 1991-92): 5-17
  • Brandt, Gail Cuthbert. "National Unity and the Politics of Political History," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 3 (1992): 3-11
  • Dick, Lyle. "A Growing Necessity for Canada: W. L. Morton's Centenary Series and the Forms of National History, 1955-80," The Canadian Historical Review 82, No. 2 (June 2001), 223-252.
  • Edwards, Justin D.l and Douglas Ivison. Downtown Canada: Writing Canadian Cities (2005)
  • Gagnon, Serge. Quebec and its Historians: 1840 to 1920 (English ed. 1982; French ed. 1978)
  • Gagnon, Serge. Quebec and its Historians: The Twentieth Century (English ed. 1985)
  • Glassford, Larry A. "The Evolution of 'New Political History' in English-Canadian Historiography: From Cliometrics to Cliodiversity." American Review of Canadian Studies. 32#3 (2002).
  • Granatstein, J. L. Who Killed Canadian History? (2000)
  • Granatstein, J. L. A Reader's Guide to Canadian History: Confederation to the Present (1982)
  • Kealey, Gregory S. "Class in English-Canadian Historical Writing: Neither Privatizing, Nor Sundering," Journal of Canadian Studies 27 (Summer 1992):
  • Kealey, Linda, Ruth Pierson, Joan Sangster, and Veronica Strong-Boag. "Teaching Canadian History in the 1990s: Whose 'National' History Are We Lamenting?," Journal of Canadian Studies 27 (Summer 1992):
  • Muise, D. A. ed., A Reader's Guide to Canadian History: i, Beginnings to Confederation (1982); historiography
    • Granatstein, Jack, ed. A Reader's Guide to Canadian History: Confederation to the Present v2 (1982); historiography
  • Osborne, Ken. "'Our History Syllabus Has Us Gasping': History in Canadian Schools--Past, Present, and Future," The Canadian Historical Review 81 (September 2000):
  • Parr, Joy. "Gender History and Historical Practice," The Canadian Historical Review 76 (September 1995): 354-376
  • Taylor, M. Brook, ed. Canadian History: A Reader's Guide. Vol. 1. Doug Owram, ed. Canadian History: A Reader's Guide. Vol. 2. Toronto: 1994. historiography
  • Rudin, Ronald. Making History in Twentieth Century Quebec (1997)
  • Schultz, John. ed. Writing About Canada: A Handbook for Modern Canadian History (1990),
  • Strong-Boag, Veronica, Mona Gleason, and Adele Perry. Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History (2003)
  • Strong-Boag, Veronica. "Contested Space: The Politics of Canadian Memory," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 5 (1994): 3-16
  • Warkentin, John, ed. So Vast and Various: Interpreting Canada’s Regions in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (2010); looks at 150 years of writings about Canada’s regions.
  • Wright, Donald. The Professionalization of History in English Canada (2005) 280pp
  • Wyile, Herb (2007). Speaking in The Past Tense: Canadian Novelists on Writing Historical Fiction (2007 ed.).  

Primary sources

  • Canadian Studies: A Guide to the Sources
  • The CanText text library contains a library of documents divided by time period.
  • Canada: Literature and History 347 e-books
  • Blackwell, John D. "CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic LibrariesCanadian Studies: A Core Collection," 35 (September 1997): 71-84,
  • Browne, G. P., ed. Documents on the Confederation of British North America (1969).
  • Crowe, Harry S., Kenneth McNaught, J. H. Stewart Reid, eds. A Source-Book of Canadian History: Selected Documents and Personal Papers. 1964. 485pp
  • Morris, Alexander. 1880. The Treaties of Canada with the Indians of Manitoba and the North-West Territories: including the negotiations on which they were based, and other information relating thereto. Belfords, Clarke, and Co. Reprint: Prospero Books, Toronto, 2000.
  • Pickersgill, J.W., and Donald F. Forster, The Mackenzie King Record. 4 vols. Vol. 1: 1939-1944 and Vol. 2: 1944-1945 (University of Toronto Press, 1960); and Vol. 3: 1945-1946 and Vol. 4: 1946-1947 (University of Toronto Press, 1970). from King's diary
  • Riddell, Walter A. ed; Documents on Canadian Foreign Policy, 1917-1939 Oxford University Press, 1962 806 pages of documents
  • Talman, James J. ed; Basic Documents in Canadian History (1959)
  • Thorner, Thomas, and Thor Frohn-Nielsen, eds. "A Few Acres of Snow": Documents in Pre-Confederation Canadian History, and "A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt": Documents on Post-Confederation Canadian History (3rd ed. (2010).

Historical statistics

  • Statistics Canada. Historical Statistics of Canada. 2d ed., Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 1983.
  • (CYB) annual 1867-1967Canada Year Book
  • Cantril, Hadley and Mildred Strunk, eds. Public Opinion, 1935-1946 (1951), massive compilation of many public opinion polls from Canada and USA
  • Statistics Canada (October 27, 2010). Canada Year Book. Ottawa: Federal Publications (Queen of Canada). Catalogue no 11-402-XPE. 

See also

External links

  • Events of National Historic Significance
  • National Historic Sites of Canada
  • Persons of National Historic Significance in Canada
  • Canadiana: The National Bibliography of Canada
  • CBC Archives - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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