The Resettlement of British Columbia: Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change

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Author: Harris, Cole

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 336

EAN: 9780774805896

Release Date: 01-01-1997

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Paperback

Details: Product Description In this beautifully crafted collection of essays, Cole Harris reflects on the strategies of colonialism in British Columbia during the first 150 years after the arrival of European settlers. The pervasive displacement of indigenous people by the newcomers, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the resulting effects on the landscape, social life, and history of Canada’s western-most province are examined through the dual lenses of post-colonial theory and empirical data. By providing a compelling look at the colonial construction of the province, the book revises existing perceptions of the history and geography of British Columbia. Review The Resettlement of British Columbia, analyzing the historical geography of distance, disease, and multiculturalism, demonstrates how elegantly and gracefully the social sciences can be written. (W.H. New Canadian Literature) This is an important book, characterized by its broad, sometimes breath-taking, intellectual and empirical sweep ... a provocative and important book by someone who has given a great deal of thought to the relationship between land and power in Canada. (Tina Loo BC Studies) An engaging provocative, introduction to the early history of the province that only someone of {Harris's] experience and ability could produce ... The Resettlement of British Columbia is a fine book. Full of wonderful insights and candid observations, it offers a nuanced look at the history of Canada's Pacific province ... What distinguishes the collection, however, is Harris's challenge to the reader to re-think some common assumptions, beliefs, and attitudes. (Bill Waiser Western Historical Quarterly) In this beautifully crafted collection of essays, Cole Harris reflects on the strategies of colonialism in British Columbia during the first 150 years after the arrival of European settlers. The pervasive displacement of indigenous people by the newcomers, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the resulting effects on the landscape, social life, and history of Canada’s western-most province are examined through the dual lenses of post-colonial theory and empirical data. By providing a compelling look at the colonial construction of the province, the book revises existing perceptions of the history and geography of British Columbia. In their entirety, this eloquent collection of nine essays constitute a provocative and unique investigation into the meaning of colonialism and geographical change in the province. Book Description This book revises existing perceptions of the history and geography of British Columbia. About the Author Cole Harris was born and raised in British Columbia and has been a distinguished member of the Department of Geography at UBC for many years. Currently the co-editor of BC Studies, he is especially well known as the editor of the first volume of the Historical Atlas of Canada: From the Beginning to 1800.

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