Bibliography of Canadian history

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

Scholarly journals focused on Canadian history[edit]

Atlases, geography, environment[edit]

Surveys (Overviews)[edit]

Chronicles of Canada series[edit]


Provinces and territories[edit]


  • Artibise, Alan (1977). Winnipeg: An Illustrated History. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. ISBN 9780888621504. 
  • Brennan, J. William (1989). Regina: An Illustrated History. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. ISBN 9781550282504. 
  • Errington, Jane (1988). Greater Kingston: Historic Past, Progressive Future. Burlington: Windsor Publications Ltd. ISBN 9780897812580. 
  • Fraser, W.B. (1967). Calgary. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 
  • Glazebrook, George Parkin de Twenebroker (1971). The Story of Toronto. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780802017918. 
  • Gregson, Harry (1977). A History of Victoria, 1842 - 1970. North Vancouver: J.J Douglas Ltd. 
  • Jenkins, Kathleen (1966). Montreal: Island City of the St. Lawrence. Doubleday. 
  • Levine, Allan (2014). Toronto: A Biography. Douglas and McIntyre. ISBN 978-1-77100-022-2. 
  • Linteau, Paul-André; McCambridge, Peter (2013). The History of Montréal: The Story of a Great North American City. Baraka Books. ISBN 978-1-926824-77-2. 
  • MacGregor, J.G. (1967). Edmonton: A History. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers. 
  • Mauro, Joseph (1990). Thunder Bay: A City's Story. Thunder Bay: Joseph Mauro. ISBN 9780969614807. 
  • 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: Theoretical, Historical and Planning Perspectives. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. ISBN 9780770510299. 
  • Nader, George (1976). Cities of Canada:. II: Profiles of Fifteen Metropolitan Centres. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. ISBN 9780770512392. 
  • Nicol, Eric (1978). Vancouver. Toronto: Doubleday Canada Ltd. 
  • Raddall, Thomas H. (1993). Halifax: Warden of the North. Toronto: Nimbus. ISBN 9781551090603. 
  • 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. ISBN 9780385147224. 



Prior to 1763[edit]


Primary sources[edit]


First World War homefront[edit]

Historiography and memory[edit]




Great Depression[edit]

Second World War[edit]

Since 1957[edit]



Military history[edit]

First World War[edit]

  • Cook, Tim. "'Literary memorials': The Great War regimental histories, 1919-1939," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (2002) 13#1 pp: 167-190.
  • Cook, Tim (December 2004). "The Madman and the Butcher: Sir Sam Hughes, Sir Arthur Currie, and Their War of Reputations". Canadian Historical Review. 85 (4): 693–719. doi:10.3138/CHR.85.4.693. 
  • Copp, Terry. (2005). "The military effort, 1914-1918,” in: David MacKenzie, ed. Canada and the First World War. (Toronto: U. of Toronto Press), 35-61.
  • Dancocks, Daniel G. (1985). Sir Arthur Currie: A biography. (Toronto: Methuen)
  • Dancocks, Daniel G. (1986). Legacy of Valour: The Canadians at Passchendaele. (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers.
  • Dancocks, Daniel G. (1988). Welcome to Flanders Fields, the first Canadian battle of the Great War: Ypres, 1915. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.
  • Duguid, A.F. (1938). Official history of the Canadian forces in the Great War, 1914-1919. Vol. 1. (Ottawa: King’s Printer.
  • Evans Shaw, Susan. (2011). Canadians at war: A guide to the battlefields of World War I. (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions)
  • Freeman, Bill and Richard Nielson. (1999). Far from home: Canadians in the First World War. (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson)
  • Granatstein, J.L. (2004). Hell’s corner: An illustrated history of Canada’s Great War 1914-1918. Vancouver/(Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre)
  • Gray, David. (2012). "Carrying Canadian troops: The story of RMS Olympic as a First World War troopship,” Canadian Military History, Vol. 11(1), 54-70.
  • Hadley, Michael L. and Roger Sarty. (1991). Tin-pots and pirate ships: Canadian naval forces and German sea raiders, 1880-1918. (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press).
  • Haycock, Ronald G. (1986). Sam Hughes: The public career of a controversial Canadian, 1885-1916. (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
  • Hayes, Geoffrey, Andrew Iarocci and Mike Bechthold. eds. (2007). Vimy Ridge: A Canadian reassessment. (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
  • Hyatt, A.M.J. (1987). General Sir Arthur Currie: A military biography (Toronto. U. of Toronto Press).
  • Iarocci, Andrew, and Mike Bechthold, eds. Vimy Ridge: A Canadian reassessment (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press)
  • Iarocci, Andrew. (2009). "On the threshold of modernity: Canadian horsepower on the Western Front, 1914-18,” Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research pp 59–83.
  • Macphail, Andrew. (1925). Official history of the Canadian forces in the Great War, 1914-19. The Medical Services, ((Ottawa: King’s Printer)
  • Morton, Desmond. (1979). "Junior but sovereign allies’: The transformation of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 8#1 pp: 56-67.
  • Morton, Desmond. (1992). Silent battle: Canadian prisoners of war in Germany, 1914-1919. (Toronto: Lester Publishing.
  • Morton, Desmond. (1993). When your number’s up: The Canadian soldier in the First World War. (Toronto: Random House of Canada)
  • Morton, Desmond. (2007). A military history of Canada. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.)
  • Morton, Desmond and J.L. Granatstein. (1989). Marching to Armageddon: Canadians and the Great War 1914-1919. (Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys)
  • Tennyson, Brian Douglas. Canada's Great War, 1914-1918: How Canada Helped Save the British Empire and Became a North American Nation (2014).
  • Wise, Sydney F. (1980). Canadian airmen and the First World War: The official history of the Royal Canadian Air Force (Vol. 1) (Toronto: U. of Toronto Press). (Also published in French under the title: Les aviateurs canadiens dans la Première Guerre mondiale)

Official histories[edit]

Economic history[edit]


Business history[edit]

  • Bliss, Michael. Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business. McClelland and Stewart, (1987).
  • Bordo, Michael D., Angela Redish, and Hugh Rockoff. "Why Didn’t Canada Have a Banking Crisis in 2008 (or in 1930, or 1907, or . . .)?" Economic History Review 68#1 (2015): 218–43
  • 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.

Natural resources, energy, oil, lumber[edit]

Labour and working class[edit]

  • Abella, Irving M. On strike; six key labour struggles in Canada, 1919-1949 (James, Lewis & Samuel 1974) ISBN 0-88862-057-8
  • Babcock, Robert H. Gompers in Canada: a study in American continentalism before the First World War (1974) online at ACLS e-books
  • Bradbury, Bettina. Working families: Age, gender, and daily survival in industrializing Montreal (1993)
  • Craig Heron. The Canadian Labour Movement: A Brief History, 1996.
  • Craven, Paul, ed., Labouring lives: work and workers in nineteenth-century Ontario (1995)
  • Davis, Angela E. (1995) Art and work: a social history of labour in the Canadian graphic arts industry to the 1940s McGill-Queen's University Press ISBN 0-7735-1280-2
  • Frager, Ruth A., and Carmela K. Patrias, eds. Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939 (2005) online
  • Forsey, Eugene Alfred. Trade unions in Canada, 1812-1902 (1982).
  • Frank, David. J. B. McLachlan: A Biography: The Story of a Legendary Labour Leader and the Cape Breton Coal Miners (1999)
  • Haddow, Rodney, and Thomas Klassen. Partisanship, Globalization, and Canadian Labour Market Policy: Four Provinces in Comparative Perspective (2006)
  • Heron, Craig. The Canadian Labour Movement: A Brief History, (1996).
  • Hertel; D. W. History of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees: Its Birth and Growth, 1887-1955. (1955)
  • Horowitz, Gad. Canadian Labour in Politics (1968), Covers 1930-1965
  • Jamieson, Stuart. Times of Trouble: Labour Unrest and Industrial Conflict in Canada, 1900-1966 (1968), Detailed coverage of strikes
  • Kealey, Gregory S (1995), Workers and Canadian history, McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-1352-3 
  • Kealey, Gregory S. Dreaming of what might be: the Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1900 (1982) excerpt and text search
  • Kealey, Greg. "Writing about Labour" in Schultz, ed. Writing About Canada: A Handbook for Modern Canadian History (1990), pp 145–74
  • Lipton, Charles. The Trade Union Movement in Canada 1827-1959 (1966), a standard history from a Marxist perspective
  • Logan, Harold. Trade Unions in Canada (1948), large amount of factual information
  • MacEwan, Paul. Miners and Steelworkers: Labour in Cape Breton (1976)
  • Morton, Desmond. Working People: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement (1999)
  • Ogmundson, Richard, and Michael Doyle. "The rise and decline of Canadian Labour/1960 to 2000: Elites, power, ethnicity and gender." Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie (2002): 413-454.
  • Palmer, Bryan D. Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991 (1992)
  • Robin, Martin. Radical Politics and Labour in Canada (1968), left-wing politics 1880-1930


  • Abella, Irving M. "Labour and working-class history" in * Granatstein and Stevens, eds. A Reader's Guide to Canadian History: Confederation to the Present (1982) pp 114–36.
  • Kealey, Gregory S. "Labour and working-class history in Canada: Prospects in the 1980s." Labour/Le Travail (1981): 67-94.
  • Morton, Desmond. "Some millennial reflections on the state of Canadian labour history." Labour/Le Travail (2000): 11-36. online
  • Palmer, Bryan D. "Working-Class Canada: Recent Historical Writing." Queen's Quarterly 86.4 (1979): 594+
  • Vaisey, G. Douglas (1980)The Labour Companion: A Bibliography Of Canadian Labour History Based On Materials Printed From 1950 To 1975, James Lorimer & Company ISBN 0-88862-522-7



Political and legal[edit]

Cultural history, popular culture[edit]


  • Axelrod, Paul. The Promise of Schooling: Education in Canada, 1800-1914 (1997)
  • Bruno-Jofré, Rosa. "History of education in Canada: historiographic 'turns' and widening horizons." Paedagogica Historica (2014), 50#6, pp 774–785
  • 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) in ERIC
  • Shook, Laurence K. Catholic Post-Secondary Education in English-Speaking Canada: A History (University of Toronto Press, 1971).



  • Friedland, Martin L. University of Toronto: A History. (2002). 777pp ISBN 978-0-8020-4429-7
  • Humphries, Mark Osborne. The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada (University of Toronto Press; 2013) examines the public-policy impact of the 1918 epidemic, which killed 50,000 Canadians.

Ethnicity and immigration[edit]


  • Beaman, Lori G. (2006), Religion and Canadian society: traditions, transitions, and innovations, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, ISBN 1-55130-306-X 
  • Beaman,, Lori G; Peter Beyer (2008), Religion and diversity in Canada, Leiden Brill, ISBN 9789004170155 
  • Bean, Lydia, Marco Gonzalez, and Jason Kaufman. "Why doesn't Canada have an American-style Christian right? A comparative framework for analyzing the political effects of evangelical subcultural identity." Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie 33.4 (2008): 899-943. online
  • Bramadat, Paul; David Seljak (2009), Religion and Ethnicity in Canada, University of Toronto Press, ISBN 9781442610187 
  • Bramadat, Paul; Seljak, David (2008). Christianity and ethnicity in Canada. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780802098757. 
  • Carrington, Philip. The Anglican Church in Canada: A History (Collins, 1963)
  • Christie, Nancy, and Michael Gauvreau. Christian Churches and Their Peoples, 1840–1965: A Social History of Religion in Canada (2010), 176pp excerpt and text search
  • Clark, Samuel Delbert. Church and sect in Canada (U of Toronto Press, 1948.
  • Clifford, N. Keith. The Resistance to Church Union in Canada, 1904-1939 (U of British Columbia Press, 1985)
  • Emery, George. Methodist Church on the Prairies, 1896-1914 (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 2001.)
  • Fay, Terence J. A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Romanism, and Canadianism (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Fraser, Brian J. The Social Uplifters: Presbyterian Progressives and the Social Gospel in Canada 1875-1915 (Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1988)
  • Gardaz, Michel. "Religious studies in Francophone Canada." Religion 41#1 (2011): 53-70.
  • Gidney, Catherine. Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the Canadian University, 1920-1970 (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 2004)
  • Grant, John Webster, et al. The Church in the French Era; The Church in the British Era; The Church in the Canadian Era (3 vol. 1972; 1988); general history of Catholicism and Protestantism in Canada
  • Grant, John Webster. Moon of Wintertime: Missionaries and the Indians of Canada in Encounter since 1534 (U of Toronto Press, 1984)
  • Healey, Robynne Rogers. From Quaker to Upper Canadian: Faith and Community Among Yonge Street Friends, 1801-1850 (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 2006)
  • Lahey, Raymond J. The First Thousand Years: A Brief History of the Catholic Church in Canada (2002)
  • McGowan, Mark. Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 2005)
  • Marshall, David. Secularizing the Faith: Canadian Protestant Clergy and the Crisis of Belief, 1850-1940 (1992).
  • Miedema, Gary. For Canada's sake: Public religion, centennial celebrations, and the re-making of Canada in the 1960s (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 2005)
  • Moir, John S. Enduring witness: a history of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (3rd ed. Presbyterian Church in Canada, 1987)
  • Moir, John S. Church and State in Canada, 1627-1867; Basic Documents (McClelland and Stewart, 1967), Primary sources
  • Mol, Hans. "The secularization of Canada." Research in the social scientific study of religion (1989) 1:197-215.
  • Morice, A G. History Of The Catholic Church In Western Canada: From Lake Superior To The Pacific (1659–1895) (1910) online
  • Murphy, Terrence, and Gerald Stortz, eds, Creed and Culture: The Place of English-Speaking Catholics in Canadian Society, 1750 – 1930 (1993), articles by scholars
  • Murphy, Terrence, and Roberto Perin, eds. A Concise History of Christianity in Canada (1996).
  • Noll, Mark A. (1992). A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada. , A wide-ranging general survey.
  • Opp, James William. The Lord for the Body: Religion, Medicine, and Protestant Faith Healing in Canada, 1880-1930 (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 2005)
  • Perin, Roberto. Rome in Canada: the Vatican and Canadian affairs in the late Victorian age (U of Toronto Press, 1990)
  • Semple, Neil. Lord's Dominion: The History of Canadian Methodism (McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP, 1996)
  • Webster, Thomas. History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada (1870) online
  • Wilson, Robert S. "Patterns of Canadian Baptist Life in the Twentieth Century," Baptist History & Heritage (2001) 36# 1/2, pp 27–60. Covers the educational, social, political, missionary, and theological trends; notes that the years 1953-2000 were marked by the union of different Baptist groups.

Women, gender, family[edit]

Historiography and guides to the scholarly literature[edit]

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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