Bibliography of British Columbia

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This is a short bibliography of major works on the History of British Columbia.

Surveys[edit]

  • Barman, Jean. The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia U. of Toronto Press, 1991. 430pp
  • Francis, Daniel, ed. Encyclopedia of British Columbia. Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour, 2000. 806 pp.
  • Griffin, Harold. Radical Roots: The Shaping of British Columbia. Vancouver: Commonwealth Fund, 1999.
  • Johnston, Hugh, ed. The Pacific Province: A History of British Columbia. (Douglas & McIntyre, 1996). 352 pp.
  • McGillivray, Brett. Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition (U. of British Columbia Press, 2000). 235pp
  • Ormsby, Margaret A. British Columbia: A History (Macmillan, 1958) online edition
  • Recksten, Terry. The Illustrated History of British Columbia. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2001. 280 pp.
  • Woodcock, George. British Columbia: A History of the Province. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1990. 288 pp.

Prehistory and First Nations[edit]

  • Carlson, Roy L. and Bona, Luke Dalla, eds. Early Human Occupation in British Columbia. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1996. 261 pp.
  • McDowell, Jim. Hamatsa: The Enigma of Cannibalism on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Vancouver: Ronsdale, 1997. 297 pp.
  • Muckle, Robert J. The First Nations of British Columbia. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1998. 146pp.

Settlement and pre-1871[edit]

  • Bancroft, Hubert Howe. History of British Columbia (1887) online
  • Harris, Cole. The Resettlement of British Columbia: Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change. (U. of British Columbia Press, 1997). 314 pp.
  • Hayes, Derek. Historical Atlas of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest: Maps of Exploration. Vancouver: Cavendish, 1999. 208 pp.
  • Loo, Tina. Making Law, Order, and Authority in British Columbia, 1821-1871. (U. of Toronto Press, 1994). 239 pp.
  • Sterne, Netta. Fraser Gold, 1858! The Founding of British Columbia. (Washington State U. Press, 1998). 187 pp.

Economics, business and labour[edit]

  • Battien, Pauline. The Gold Seekers: A Two Hundred-Year History of Mining in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Lower British Columbia. Fairfield, Wash.: Ye Galleon, 1989. 265 pp.
  • BC Hydro Power Pioneers. Gaslights to Gigawatts: A Human History of BC Hydro and its Predecessor. Vancouver: Hurricane, 1998. 236 pp.
  • Drushka, Ken. Tie Hackers to Timber Harvesters: The History of Logging in the BC Interior. Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour, 1998. 200 pp.
  • Drushka, Ken. Working in the Woods: A History of Logging on the West Coast. Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour, 1992. 304 pp.
  • Mackie, Richard Somerset. Trading Beyond the Mountains: The British Fur Trade on the Pacific, 1793-1843. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1997. 420 pp.
  • Hak, Gordon. Turning Trees into Dollars: The British Columbia Coastal Lumber Industry, 1858-1913. U. of Toronto Press, 2000. 239 pp.
  • Kesselman, Amy. Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver during World War II and Reconversion. Albany: State U. of New York Press, 1990. 192 pp.
  • Leonard, Frank. A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Northern British Columbia. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1996. 344pp.

Environment and geography[edit]

  • Cail Robert E. Land, Man and the Law: The Disposal of Crown Lands in British Columbia, 1871-1913 (U. of British Columbia Press, 1974)
  • Cannings Richard, and Sydney Cannings. British Columbia: A Natural History (Vancouver: Greystone Books 1996)
  • Day, J. C., and Richard Stace-Smith, eds. British Columbia Land For Wildlife: Past, Present, Future (Victoria: Ministry of Environment, Fish and Wildlife Branch, 1982)
  • McGillivray, Brett. Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition (U. of British Columbia Press, 2000). 235pp
  • Wilson, Jeremy. Talk and Log: Wilderness Politics in British Columbia, 1965-96 (University of British Columbia Press, 1998) online edition

Political[edit]

  • Carty, R. K., ed. Politics, Policy, and Government in British Columbia. (U. of British Columbia Press, 1996). 381 pp.
  • Clayton, Daniel W. Islands of Truth: The Imperial Fashioning of Vancouver Island. U. of British Columbia Press, 2000. 330 pp.
  • Mitchell, David J. Succession: The Political Reshaping of British Columbia. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1987. 201 pp.
  • Resnick, Philip. The Politics of Resentment: British Columbia Regionalism and Canadian Unity. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 2000. 172pp
  • Verchere, David R. A Progression of Judges: A History of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1988. 196pp.

Regional and cities[edit]

  • Davis, Chuck, ed. The Greater Vancouver Book: An Urban Encyclopedia. Vancouver: Linkman, 1997. 882 pp.
  • Dunford, Muriel Poulton. North River: The Story of BC's North Thompson Valley and Yellowhead Highway 5. Merritt, B.C.: Sonotek, 2000. 384 pp.
  • Furniss, Elizabeth. The Burden of History: Colonialism and the Frontier Myth in a Rural Canadian Community. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1999. 237 pp.
  • Leonard, David W. Delayed Frontier: The Peace River Country to 1909. Calgary, Alta.: Detselig, 1995. 256 pp.
  • Sandwell, R. W., ed. Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Pess., 1999. 293pp.
  • Wynn, Graeme and Oke, Timothy, eds. Vancouver and Its Region. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1992. 333pp.

Society, gender, race[edit]

  • Belshaw John Douglas. Becoming British Columbia: A Population History (UBC Press 2009)
  • Creese, Gillian and Strong-Boag, Veronica, eds. British Columbia Reconsidered: Essays on Women. Vancouver: Press Gang; U. of British Columbia, Center for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations, 1992. 454 pp.
  • Kesselman, Amy. Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver during World War II and Reconversion. Albany: State U. of New York Press, 1990. 192 pp.
  • Norris, John. Strangers Entertained: A History of Ethnic Groups in British Columbia. Vancouver: Evergreen Press, 1971. 254 pp.
  • Perry, Adele. On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871. (U. of Toronto Press, 2001). 360 pp.
  • Roy, Patricia E. A White Man's Province: British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese Immigrants, 1858-1914. (U. of British Columbia Press, 1989). 327pp.
  • Roy, Patricia; Granatstein, J. L.; Iino, Masaka; and Takamura, Hiroko. Mutual Hostages: Canadian and Japanese during the Second World War. (U. of Toronto Press, 1990). 282 pp.
  • Sandwell, R.W. ed. Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia (UNC Press, 1998), 304 pp online

Culture and arts[edit]

  • Barman, Jean; Sutherland, Neil; and Wilson, J. Donald, eds. Children, Teachers and Schools in the History of British Columbia. Calgary, Alta.: Detselig, 1995. 426 pp.
  • Burkinshaw, Robert K. Pilgrims in Lotus Land: Conservative Protestantism in British Columbia, 1917-1981. Montreal: McGill-Queen's U. Press, 1995. 353 pp.
  • Christophers, Brett. Positioning the Missionary: John Booth Good and the Confluence of Cultures in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1998. 200pp.
  • Fleming, Thomas, ed. School Leadership: Essays on the British Columbia Experience, 1872-1995. Mill Bay, BC: Bendall, 2001. 427 pp.
  • McIntosh, Dale. History of Music in British Columbia, 1850-1950. Victoria, B.C.: Sono Nis, 1989. 296 pp.

Historiography[edit]

  • Leir, Mark, 'W[h]ither Labour History? Regionalism, Class and the Writing of BC History'; Bryan Palmer, 'Class and the Writing of History: Beyond BC'; Veronica Strong-Boag, 'Moving Beyond Tired Truths: Or, Let's Not Fight the Old Battles'; Robert A. J. McDonald, 'The West is a Messy Place'; and Mark Leir, "Response to Professors Palmer, Strong-Boag, and McDonald" in BC Studies 111 (Autumn 1996): 61-98.
  • Reimer, Chad. Writing British Columbia History, 1784-1958 (2009), 206pp

Primary sources[edit]

  • Hazlitt, William Carew. British Columbia and Vancouver Island (1858), described by Reimer (2009) as part imperial history, part promotional literature.
  • Mayne, Richard. Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island (1862)

See also[edit]