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Vimy : the battle and the legend / Tim Cook. Toronto : Allen Lane Canada, 2017. 500 pages.

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Cook insightfully examines the 1917 battle of Vimy Ridge and evolving perceptions of it as Canadians prepare to commemorate its 100th anniversary. Four Canadian divisions fought at Vimy, and after four days, the Canadians succeeded where other Allied forces had failed, taking the strategic ridge from the occupying German Sixth Army, albeit at the cost of nearly 3,600 Canadian lives. It was a battle that shaped the still-forming Canadian identity as Canada evolved from colony to dominion to sovereign nation, and the battle has sometimes been described as "the birth of a nation." Although Cook sees that description as myth, and one that has been used by some politicians to promote their own agendas, he writes that it is one of Canada's most enduring narratives. He analyzes the ways that subsequent generations have commemorated Vimy: some made grand speeches and iconic memorials, but others, disenchanted with war, saw the battle as a terrible waste of human life. Covering a century in fewer than 500 pages, Cook's account is necessarily highly compressed, but he effectively conveys a complex topic in a few well-chosen words, showing how Vimy came to hold a place in the Canadian consciousness that no other battle does.

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Naamiwan's drum : the story of a contested repatriation of Anishinaabe artefacts / Maureen Matthews. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2016. 325 pages.

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In this case study, Matthews discusses the 1998 repatriation of over 80 Ojibwe ceremonial artifacts from a small museum at the University of Winnipeg to an Anishinaabe group in the US that had no family or community connections to the collection. To make sense of a difficult story, Matthews uses an anthropological, theoretical lens to review the paradoxical controversy that ensued and the eventual return of some of the artifacts to the museum and the return of the water drum to Naamiwan's family. Many North American museums in the last 30 years have encountered repatriation requests, and this case study reveals something of the essence of such processes. Ordered by anthropological categories and museum processes, disrupted by claims and counterclaims, repatriation is never straightforward, in large part because of contrasting cultural perspectives and the social agency that objects often hold. Matthews is careful to present the multiple community and museum viewpoints embedded in the case of Naamiwan's drum, bridging linguistics, anthropological literature, museology, and storytelling.

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Human rights in Canada : a history / Dominique Clément. Waterloo : University of Toronto Press, 2016. xiv, 230 pages.

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The 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been the basis of controversial court decisions that have legalized same-sex marriage and doctor-assisted suicide. Clement (Canada's Rights Revolution) presents a history of how Canada developed "its own unique rights culture," shaped by the idea that "human rights are a sociological and historical phenomenon as well as a legal fact." The meaning of human rights has changed over time because societies are dynamic, he explains. Each of the five chapters covers a different aspect of rights-culture formation. Clement also discusses the limits of human rights in specific historical eras, as well as how those limits came to be challenged and expanded. In the 19th century, for example, rights talk centered around notions of civil and political rights (usually for white men only). By the mid-20th century, social movements by women, LGBTQ people, aboriginal peoples, and others helped expand human rights to include notions of personal and sexual identity, leading to the adoption of freedom from discrimination as a core human right . Readers may expect this academic study to be dry, but both its content and style make it a good read . The book will be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the formation of modern Canada.

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The Canadian honours system / Christopher McCreery ; foreword by General John de Chastelain. Second edition. Toronto : Dundurn, 2015. 712 pages.

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This updated, full-colour illustrated book surveys the history of Canada’s various orders, decorations, and medals, from New France’s Croix de St. Louis, through the Order of the Bath, to modern Canadian honours such as the Sacrifice Medal and recently created Polar Medal. […]

Each honour in the modern Canadian honours system, and its precursor, the British imperial honours system, is examined in detail, including historical background, design, and criteria for bestowal. With special chapters on heraldry, protocol, and the proper mounting and wear of medals, it is an essential reference for anyone interested in Canadian honours.

In this expanded edition, you will find many new images, updated figures and information about all elements of the Canadian honours system.

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Essays in Canadian economic history / Harold A. Innis ; edited by Mary Q. Innis ; with a new introduction by Matthew Evenden. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2017. xxiv, 418 pages.

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Harold A. Innis helped to found the field of Canadian economic history. He is best known for the "staples thesis" which dominated the discourse of Canadian economic history for decades.

This volume collects Innis’ published and unpublished essays on economic history, from 1929 to 1952, thereby charting the development of the arguments and ideas found in his books The Fur Trade in Canada and The Cod Fisheries. These essays capture Innis’ ever evolving views on the practices and uses of economic history as well as Canadian economic history. The new introduction written by prominent historian Matthew Evenden provides a fresh take on Innis life’s work and situates the essays in the context of his scholarship as well as recent studies on Canadian economic history. This volume offers invaluable insight into one of Canada’s most original thinkers and his interpretation of our nation’s history.

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