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From: John Helmut Merz <>
Subject: Re: [QUEBEC] Book on the history of Canada
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 17:28:30 -0800
Hi, Beth, that's just a funny co-incidence, in this morning's Hamilton
Spectator was an article kind of lamenting the shortage of good real
Canadian history books, but they mentioned one good historical writer,
Donald Creighton, who had written several books about early Canadian
history. I agree that he was a good writer, and his books should be in
every Public Library, but, there were others equally good.
There was a book series called - The Canadian History Series of 5 vol.,
I have Vol.2 "Century of Conflict" by Joseph Lister Rutledge, and vol4,
"From Sea unto Sea - The Road to Nationhood 1850-1910" by W.G.Hardy.
J.M.Bumsted of the Simon Fraser University collected Essays and Inter-
pretations of 'Canadian History Before Confederation', and it contains
the works of many Canadian writers, giving their views of Canadian
Last not least, "The Kingdom of Canada" by W.L.Morton, a general history
from earliest times, and also 'Canada - An Outline History by J.A.Lower.
This should give you at least a good beginning and should help to
understand our Country Canada.
Cheers, John Merz, happy Holidays!
> Can anyone recommend a book, in English, that I could get that would be a
> place to start to learn more about early colonial Canada - not sure if
> colonial is the correct term? I have traced my line back to <snip> > Unfortunately, my American education left me with a very marginal
> amount of Canadian history, and I would love to be able to help my 10 year
> old understand where some of her ancestors "came from". Someday we'll
> talk about France too, but for now one country is enough.
> Happy Holidays
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