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    Alberta is distinctive both for its awe-inspiring natural wonders and its fascinating history, and from the earliest footprints of human settlement to today's dynamic society, Alberta has captivated countless generations who have visited or settled in this remarkable province. To celebrate Alberta's centennial in 2005, this two-volume edition features thirty eminent historians contributing articles spanning an incredible 12,000 years of history encompassing the archaeological... [READ MORE]
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    All True Things is a critical history of the genesis and evolution of the University of Alberta and a splendid way to mark the University's centennial. Professor Emeritus of History and alumnus, Rod Macleod, relates the University's coming of age against the parallel history of the Province of Alberta's remarkable growth. All True Things-a variation on the University of Alberta's motto, Quæcumque Vera, or, "Whatsoever Things Are True"-uncovers times of triumph ... [READ MORE]
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    Compiled by a radical journalist and poet in the early days of the French Revolution, these subversively satirical lives of women saints sought to win both women and men away from religion. Though based on authentic hagiography, Maréchal's "new" legendary introduces a skeptical, rationalist perspective that anticipates modern critical approaches. Along with Delany's thorough introduction and notes, Anti-Saints offers a new perspective on the cultural climate of... [READ MORE]
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    Bishop William Carpenter Bompas was a difficult man, cantankerous, stubborn, and more than a little eccentric. He carried on his shoulders the deep spirituality of his own faith, the assumptions of his background, and the cultural aggressiveness of the Victorian age. He was a church leader who often disagreed with his church and ignored its advice. Bompas's life in the North offers insights into the compelling forces of religion and faith. In a new Introduction, historians Wi... [READ MORE]
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    Alexandre-Antonin Taché's career as a pioneer Oblate missionary and bishop coincided with some of the most momentous events in western Canadian history from the Red River Insurrection to the Manitoba schools question. Taché's zealous defense of French Catholic rights in the North West is indicative of the deep divisions in society concerning the extent of bilingualism and biculturalism in western Canada.
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    This collection of Burgess's public talks and writings offers a unique insight into the social and intellectual dimensions of architecture and town planning during the first half of the twentieth century. Architectural history, the impact of the Arts and Crafts and Modernist movements, the meaning of domestic architecture, and the connection of architecture and town planning to everyday life figure prominently in this collection. A contemporary of Cecil Burgess said that no o... [READ MORE]
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    In 1850, Richard Collinson captained the HMS Enterprise on a voyage to the Arctic via the Bering Strait in search of the missing Franklin expedition. Arctic Hell-Ship describes the daily progress of this little-known Arctic expedition, and examines the steadily worsening relations between Collinson and his officers. William Barr has based his research on a wide range of original archival documents, and the book is illustrated with a selection of vivid paintings by the ship's ... [READ MORE]
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    Michael Mucz's prolonged primary research into Ukrainian-Canadian folk history culminates in Baba's Kitchen Medicines. This book bursts with the cultural memory of pioneering folk from Canada's prairieland. From fever to frostbite, this incomparable compendium of tinctures, poultices, salves, decoctions, infusions, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify readers from all walks of life. The comprehensiveness of Mucz's research and interviews framed with deftly pa... [READ MORE]
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    Belarus, one of the least known of the newly-independent states of the former Soviet Union, received the bulk of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident. David Marples provides a detailed perspective of a republic in a deep crisis, struggling for national political survival.
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    The history of the federal state of Boiotia from the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War in 432 BC to the triumph of the states over its enemies in 371 BC is the focus of Professor Buck's study. It is especially interesting because the federation underwent so many changes. The interplay of political factions with external enemies and with clashing ideologies makes it useful to study.
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    Soldier, coureur de bois, gentleman, Bourgmont set out from Quebec for the Missouri River country around 1712 as a military deserter and outlaw and left it ten years later a candidate for the French nobility. Bourgmont is the first full account of his career in America.
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    C. Ian Jackson was one of four graduate students who embarked upon Operation Hazen, part of Canada's contribution to the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year. Their work at the weather and research station at Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island exposed them to unusual cold -- 121 days with temperatures below -40o -- as well as isolation. The failure of their radio shortly after their arrival deprived them of contact with the world beyond. Based on lengthy letters written to his ... [READ MORE]
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    Originally published as Felix Paul Greves Karriere: Frederick Philip Grove in Deutschland, this volume reveals the previously unknown life of Canadian author F.P. Grove. Prior to his arrival in Canada, Grove was a widely known-and somewhat outrageous-editor, writer, translator, and literary personality in Europe. In his new land, however, he completely remade himself, extinguishing all traces of his prior life. An illuminating biography of a significant Canadian author.
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    Catholic missionaries originally saw the Mackenzie River as the heart of a vast kingdom of souls to be gained for God, whatever the claims of any other power to sovereignty. The Dene did not share this view. Martha McCarthy balances Dene oral tradition with documentary sources to explore this important and difficult period in the developing relationships between Europeans and First Nations peoples in Canada.
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    The Countess Mountbatten's Own Legion of Frontiersmen was conceived and organized in 1905 as a body of frontier sentinels, and they first published The Frontiersman's Pocket-Book in 1909 as their training and survival manual. Long out-of-print, copies command steep prices in the antiquarian book market. This facsimile edition of the Pocket-Book features documents, photographs, and maps drawn from the University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections Library's Sir Samuel ... [READ MORE]
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    Son of Catharine Parr Traill and nephew of Susanna Moodie, William Edward Traill, better known as Willie, came by his literary talent naturally. He found employment with the Hudson's Bay Company in what was to become the Canadian West. His letters home are a rich and detailed portrait of domestic life in the fur trade of the Northwest between 1864 and 1893. At turns gritty then deeply touching but always fascinating and informative, the Willie Traill letters throw open a wind... [READ MORE]
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    Two decades after the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, the optimism of the early Meiji years was dissipating. In 1886 Tokutomi Soho's passionately eloquent Shorai no Nihon (The Future Japan) presented his panoramic view of the "world trend" of history and proclaimed that Japan must transform into an industrial and a democratic nation. Translated for the first time into English, The Future Japan offers valuable insights into the motives that led Japan to become on... [READ MORE]
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    The definitive work on Stalin's purges, Robert Conquest's The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. With the advent of glasnost, Conquest mines an enormous cache of newly available material to write a new edition of this classic work.
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    Originally published in 1893, Thomas Bland Strange's autobiography is more entertaining than most military memoirs because Strange writes vividly and makes no effort to conceal his prejudices and eccentricities. This is one of the best sources for the history of the North West Rebellion and especially the Alberta Force Field.
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    Described as "the worst human disaster in living memory" and "Stalin's most monstrous act," the shocking details of this strategically inflicted terror-famine are meticulously documented by Robert Conquest.