Bibliography of Canadian history

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This is a bibliography of major works on the History of Canada.

Further information: Bibliography of Canada

Atlases, geography, environment[edit]

Surveys (Overviews)[edit]

Provinces and territories[edit]


  • Artibise, Alan (1977). Winnipeg: An Illustrated History. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. 
  • Brennan, J. William (1989). Regina: An Illustrated History. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. 
  • Errington, Jane (1988). Greater Kingston: Historic Past, Progressive Future. Burlington: Windsor Publications Ltd. 
  • Fraser, W.B. (1967). Calgary. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 
  • Glazebrook, G. P. de T. (1971). The Story of Toronto. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 
  • Gregson, Harry (1977). A History of Victoria, 1842 - 1970. North Vancouver: J.J Douglas Ltd. 
  • MacGregor, J.G. (1967). Edmonton: A History. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers. 
  • Mauro, Joseph (1990). Thunder Bay: A City's Story. Thunder Bay: Joseph Mauro. 
  • Morrison, Neil F. (1954). Garden Gateway to Canada: One Hundred Years of Windsor and Essex County 1854 - 1954. Toronto: Ryerson Press. 
  • Nader, George (1975). Cities of Canada: volume=I: Theoretical, Historical and Planning Perspectives. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. 
  • Nader, George (1976). Cities of Canada: volume=II: Profiles of Fifteen Metropolitan Centres. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. 
  • Nicol, Eric (1978). Vancouver. Toronto: Doubleday Canada Ltd. 
  • Raddall, Thomas H. (1971). Halifax: Warden of the North. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited. 
  • Roberts, Leslie (1969). Montreal: From Mission Colony to World City. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. 
  • Woods, Shirley E. (1980). Ottawa: The Capital of Canada. Toronto: Doubleday Canada Ltd. 



Prior to 1763[edit]





Since 1957[edit]



Military history[edit]

Official histories[edit]

Economic history[edit]


Business history[edit]

  • Bliss, Michael. Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business. McClelland and Stewart, (1987).
  • Fleming, Keith R. Power at Cost: Ontario Hydro and Rural Electrification, 1911-1958. McGill-Queen's U. Press, (1992). 326 pp.
  • Frost, James D. Merchant princes: Halifax's first family of finance, ships, and steel (2003)
  • Klassen, Henry C. A Business History of Alberta (1999) 362 pp.
  • Kottman, Richard N. "Herbert Hoover and the Smoot–Hawley Tariff: Canada, A Case Study", Journal of American History (1975), 62#3 pp 609–635 in JSTOR
  • Laxer, Gordon. Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1989).
  • Lingenfelter, Richard E., ed. The Mining West: A Bibliography & Guide to the History & Literature of Mining in the American & Canadian West. 2 vol Scarecrow, 2003. 1550 pp
  • McDonald, Judith; O'Brien, Anthony Patrick; Callahan, Colleen. "Trade Wars: Canada's Reaction to the Smoot–Hawley Tariff", Journal of Economic History (1997), 57#4 pp 802–826, in JSTOR
  • Myers, Gustavus (1972), A history of Canadian wealth, Lewis and Samuel online, on the super-rich
  • Naylor, Tom. The History of Canadian Business. 1867-1914 2 vol (1976)
  • Porter, John. "Concentration of Economic Power and the Economic Elite in Canada," The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science, Vol. 22, No. 2 (May, 1956), pp. 199–220
  • Roberts, David. In the Shadow of Detroit: Gordon M. McGregor, Ford of Canada, and Motoropolis. Wayne State U. Press, 2006. 320 pp.
  • Santink, Joy L. Timothy Eaton and the Rise of His Department Store. U. of Toronto Press, 1990. 319 pp.
  • Taylor, Graham D. and Peter Baskerville. A Concise History of Business in Canada (1994)
  • Watts, George. The Bank of Canada: Origins and Early History (Carleton University Press, 1993)
  • Williams, Glen. Not for Export: The International Competitiveness of Canadian Manufacturing. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 3rd edition, 1994.





Political and legal[edit]

Cultural history, popular culture[edit]


  • Axelrod, Paul. The Promise of Schooling: Education in Canada, 1800-1914 (1997)
  • Burke, Sara Z., and Patrice Milewski, eds. Schooling in Transition: Readings in Canadian History of Education (2012) 24 articles by experts
  • Di Mascio, Anthony. The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper Canada: Print Culture, Public Discourse, and the Demand for Education (McGill-Queen's University Press; 2012) 248 pages; building a common system of schooling in the late-18th and early 19th centuries.
  • Gidney, R.D. and W.P.J. Millar. How Schools Worked: Public Education in English Canada, 1900-1940 (2011) 552pp; additional details
  • Harris, Robin S. A history of higher education in Canada, 1663-1960 (1976)


Social, ethnicity, religion, and population[edit]

Women, gender, family[edit]

Historiography and guides to the scholarly literature[edit]

  • See also List of Canadian historians
  • Artibise, Alan F. J., ed. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Canadian Society: A Guide to the Literature. (1990). 156 pp.
  • Berger, Carl. Writing Canadian History: Aspects of English Canadian Historical Writing since 1900, 2nd edition (1986)
  • Berger, Carl, ed. Contemporary Approaches to Canadian Writing (1987)
  • Bliss, Michael. "Privatizing the Mind: The Sundering of Canadian History, the Sundering of Canada," Journal of Canadian Studies 26 (Winter 1991-92): 5-17
  • Brandt, Gail Cuthbert. "National Unity and the Politics of Political History," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 3 (1992): 3-11
  • Dick, Lyle. "A Growing Necessity for Canada: W. L. Morton's Centenary Series and the Forms of National History, 1955-80," The Canadian Historical Review 82, No. 2 (June 2001), 223-252.
  • Edwards, Justin D.l and Douglas Ivison. Downtown Canada: Writing Canadian Cities (2005)
  • Gagnon, Serge. Quebec and its Historians: 1840 to 1920 (English ed. 1982; French ed. 1978)
  • Gagnon, Serge. Quebec and its Historians: The Twentieth Century (English ed. 1985)
  • Glassford, Larry A. "The Evolution of 'New Political History' in English-Canadian Historiography: From Cliometrics to Cliodiversity." American Review of Canadian Studies. 32#3 (2002).
  • Granatstein, J. L. Who Killed Canadian History? (2000)
  • Granatstein, J. L. A Reader's Guide to Canadian History: Confederation to the Present (1982)
  • Kealey, Gregory S. "Class in English-Canadian Historical Writing: Neither Privatizing, Nor Sundering," Journal of Canadian Studies 27 (Summer 1992):
  • Kealey, Linda, Ruth Pierson, Joan Sangster, and Veronica Strong-Boag. "Teaching Canadian History in the 1990s: Whose 'National' History Are We Lamenting?," Journal of Canadian Studies 27 (Summer 1992):
  • Muise, D. A. ed., A Reader's Guide to Canadian History: i, Beginnings to Confederation (1982); historiography
    • Granatstein, Jack, ed. A Reader's Guide to Canadian History: Confederation to the Present v2 (1982); historiography
  • Osborne, Ken. "'Our History Syllabus Has Us Gasping': History in Canadian Schools--Past, Present, and Future," The Canadian Historical Review 81 (September 2000):
  • Parr, Joy. "Gender History and Historical Practice," The Canadian Historical Review 76 (September 1995): 354-376
  • Taylor, M. Brook, ed. Canadian History: A Reader's Guide. Vol. 1. Doug Owram, ed. Canadian History: A Reader's Guide. Vol. 2. Toronto: 1994. historiography
  • Rudin, Ronald. Making History in Twentieth Century Quebec (1997)
  • Schultz, John. ed. Writing About Canada: A Handbook for Modern Canadian History (1990),
  • Strong-Boag, Veronica, Mona Gleason, and Adele Perry. Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History (2003)
  • Strong-Boag, Veronica. "Contested Space: The Politics of Canadian Memory," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 5 (1994): 3-16
  • Warkentin, John, ed. So Vast and Various: Interpreting Canada’s Regions in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (2010); looks at 150 years of writings about Canada’s regions.
  • Wright, Donald. The Professionalization of History in English Canada (2005) 280pp
  • Wyile, Herb (2007). Speaking in The Past Tense: Canadian Novelists on Writing Historical Fiction (2007 ed.). Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 978-0-88920-511-6. 

Primary sources[edit]

Historical statistics[edit]

  • Statistics Canada. Historical Statistics of Canada. 2d ed., Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 1983.
  • Canada Year Book (CYB) annual 1867-1967
  • Cantril, Hadley and Mildred Strunk, eds. Public Opinion, 1935-1946 (1951), massive compilation of many public opinion polls from Canada and USA
  • Statistics Canada (October 27, 2010). Canada Year Book. Ottawa: Federal Publications (Queen of Canada). Catalogue no 11-402-XPE. 

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