Canada's Victorian Oil Town: The Transformation of Petrolia from Resource Town into a Victorian Community by Christina BurrCanada's Victorian Oil Town: The Transformation of Petrolia from Resource Town into a Victorian Community by Christina Burr

Canada's Victorian Oil Town: The Transformation of Petrolia from Resource Town into a Victorian…

byChristina Burr

Hardcover | October 11, 2006

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In the early 1850s, the oil industry had a major impact on the resource town of Petrolia, Ontario. Christina Burr explores the ways in which the industry provided a common cultural identification that helped Petrolia change from a rough shanty-town of disreputable land speculators and "wildcatters" into an orderly, "civilized" Victorian community. Departing from traditional historiography focused on the economic role of resource development, Canada's Victorian Oil Town incorporates an understanding of the connections between science and technology, nation and imperialism, and cultural nuances of community-building. Burr looks at the cultural importance of place and how collective identity was nurtured in the community. She also illustrates how the image of Petrolia as Canada's Victorian Oil Town has been used since the 1970s to develop a thriving tourist industry in the region. Interdisciplinary in scope, Canada's Victorian Oil Town draws from the history of imperialism, science, resource development, local history, gender studies, and cultural geography.
Christina Burr is the author of Spreading the Light: Work and Labour Reform in Late Nineteenth-Century Toronto and associate professor, history, University of Windsor.
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Title:Canada's Victorian Oil Town: The Transformation of Petrolia from Resource Town into a Victorian…Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:October 11, 2006Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773531122

ISBN - 13:9780773531123

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