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Professor Emeritus Doug McCalla's New Book is Here!

  from the jacket

General stores are essential to the image of a colonial village. Many historians, however, still base their stories of settlement on the notion of rural self-sufficiency, begging the question: if general stores were so common, who were their customers?

To answer this, Consumers in the Bush draws on the account books of country stores, rich evidence that has rarely been used. Douglas McCalla considers more than 30,000 transactions on the accounts of 750 families at seven Upper Canadian stores between 1808 and 1861. In telling us about the goods colonists bought, this book explores what they were used for and the stories they allow us to tell about rural lives and experience. By seeing rural Upper Canadians as consumers, Consumers in the Bush reveals them as full participants in the rapidly changing nineteenth-century global world of goods.

Visit the book at McGill Queens University Press

Susan Armstrong-Reid's New Book on Nurse Lyle Creelman

Armstrong Reid book coverLittle-known Canadian helped transform public health nursing

     By Teresa Pitman - Friday, February 27, 2015

University of Guelph professor Susan Armstrong-Reid's book about Canadian nurse Lyle Creelman. Creelman Hall is familiar to everyone in the University of Guelph community, and many know that the building is named for George Creelman, a former president of the Ontario Agricultural College.

There’s another Creelman, a distant cousin of George’s, who was equally accomplished and who left her mark in the field of public health and nursing in Canada and internationally. Lyle Morrison Creelman died in 2007 at the age of 98, but U of G history professor Susan Armstrong-Reid interviewed her a few years previously and says, “She was a woman of strong character until the end...

Read the rest of the story @Guelph

Our New Courses beginning this Summer and Fall

Summer 2015:
HIST*3130 DE - Popular Culture and Punishment
       (new as a DE course)
HIST*2280 DE - Hockey in Canadian History

Fall 2015:
HIST*3260 - Cinema and the Moving Image

Visit our course outlines page and WebAdvisor for more info.


Scottish Studies Roundtable - March 2

Our next Scottish Studies Roundtable Series is on March 2 from 4-5:30pm in MCKN 132. Ryan Burns of Northwestern University, will give a presentation titled "Cromwell, Lord Protector of Catholics? Strange Bedfellows in Cromwellian Scotland." This presentation "will explain why Scottish Catholics welcomed Cromwell, a man whose massacres in Ireland were well known, and a man who saw Catholicism as a “false, abominable and Antichristian doctrine” full of “useless orders and traditions”. It is part of a larger project on anti-popery and religious toleration’s failure to rise in early modern Scotland."

Ryan Burns is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, specializing in British and European history. His work explores the ways in which early modern societies coped with religious diversity, and the reasons why toleration or secularism emerged in some regions while sectarian animosities persisted in others. Ryan holds a BA in History and Political Science from Kenyon College and an MPhil in early modern history from the University of Cambridge.

As always, light refreshments will be provided. Email for more details. The event is open to the public.

Dr. Alan McDougall on Angela Merkel's Early Days



Our own Dr. Alan McDougall is quoted in a recent McLean's article on the political biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Read the article at McLean's.


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