Rethinking Canada

Rethinking Canada

The Promise of Women's History

Book - 2011
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This superb textbook, now in its sixth ed., draws its strength and continued relevance from the quality of its selections and the diverse academic specialities of its authors. Rather than a chronological history, 24 chapters offer previously published articles on a specific case or topic; for example, the construction of gender in Native women's lodges on the Pacific Northwest Plateau, women and the vote in the Montreal by-election of 1832, and depictions of women and family in church periodicals. Each essay is preceded by an introduction by the editors and a related primary document and concludes with a list of discussion questions. New to this edition are all the chapter introductions, 18 of the 24 articles, the primary documents, a stronger emphasis on women before 1920, and two companion websites. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Oxford University Press
Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History is a collection of essays that introduces readers to the rich, diverse, and intellectually lively field of Canadian women's history. First published in 1986 and now entering its successful sixth edition, Rethinking Canada includes articles spanning from the 1600s to present day that reflect a revised understanding of Canadian women's history along racial, religious, national, and ethnic lines. Of the 24 essays, 18 are new, emphasizing increased coverage of indigenous, immigrant, and racialized experiences; work and labour; sexuality and the body; religion and spirituality; politics; and shifts in regional analysis. The scope of topics remains broad: from women and war in early indigenous society to women and the fur trade in New France, from war-time nurses in World War I to lesbian bar culture in the 1950s and 1960s and modern-day transnational motherhood, this wide-ranging reader acts as a core text for courses in Canadian women's history.
Each essay is introduced by the editors, who place it in its wider historical and scholarly context. For the first time,Rethinking Canada now includes primary source documents such as photos, newspaper clippings, and historical excerpts to accompany each article. These pieces allow readers to engage in historical interpretation and provide visual snapshots into the past. Recent scholarship and fresh editorial commentaries combine to create an invaluable introduction not only to Canadian women's history, but also to the study of Canadian history itself.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011
Edition: 6th ed
Description: xi, 460 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780195431728
Branch Call Number: 305.40971 Ret


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