Creating a Modern Countryside: Liberalism and Land Resettlement in British Columbia by James MurtonCreating a Modern Countryside: Liberalism and Land Resettlement in British Columbia by James Murton

Creating a Modern Countryside: Liberalism and Land Resettlement in British Columbia

byJames Murton

Paperback | January 1, 2008

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In the early 1900s, British Columbia embarked on a brief but intense effort to manufacture a modern countryside. The government wished to reward veterans of the Great War with new lives: soliders and other settlers would benefit from living in a rural community, considered a more healthy and moral alternative to urban life. But the fundamental reason for the land resettlement project was the rise of progressive or “new liberal” thinking, as reformers advocated an expanded role for the state in guaranteeing the prosperity and economic security of its citizens.

This ideological shift pushed the government to intervene directly in the management of not only society but also the natural environment. As most arable, accessible land in British Columbia was already being farmed by 1919, the state had to undertake environmental engineering projects on a scale not yet attempted in the province. Creating a Modern Countryside examines how this process unfolded, identifies its successes and failures, and demonstrates how the human-environment relationship of the early twentieth century shaped the province as it is today.

James Murton is an associate professor of history at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.
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Title:Creating a Modern Countryside: Liberalism and Land Resettlement in British ColumbiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 2008Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774813385

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword: Soldiers’ Fields / Graeme Wynn

Acknowledgments

A Note on Terminology and Units of Measure

Introduction

Part 1: A Modern Countryside

1 Liberalism and the Land

2 Soldiers, Science, and an Alternative Modernity

Part 2: Where Apples Grow Best

3 Stump Farms: Soldier Settlement at Merville

4 Creating Order at Sumas

5 Achieving the Modern Countryside

Part 3: Back to Work

6 Pattullo’s New Deal

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

In the early 1900s, British Columbia embarked on a brief but intense effort to manufacture a modern countryside. The government wished to reward Great War veterans with new lives: settlers would benefit from living in a rural community, considered a more healthy and moral alternative to urban life. But the fundamental reason for the land resettlement project was the rise of progressive or “new liberal” thinking, as reformers advocated an expanded role for the state in guaranteeing the prosperity and economic security of its citizens. James Murton examines how this process unfolded, and demonstrates how the human-environment relationship of the early twentieth century shaped the province as it is today.Exceptionally well-written. This book makes a very significant contribution to environmental history, BC history, and intellectual history. - Barry Ferguson, author of Remaking Liberalism