Ottawa: An Illustrated History by John H. Taylor

Ottawa: An Illustrated History

byJohn H. Taylor

Paperback | January 1, 1986

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Ottawa''s early years as military outpost and lumber town did not suggest future greatness. Yet this rough little settlement (then called Bytown) would not remain insignificant: geography and politics soon combined to place it at centre stage as Canada''s national capital.

Ottawa''s fascinating story is recounted with skill and wit in John H. Taylor''s Ottawa: An Illustrated History. Taylor tells this story in all its variations--the life of the French and the English, the rich and the poor; the politics of city hall and Parliament Hill; the varied social lives of Ottawans. The book focuses on the history of the city''s relationship with its chief landlord--the federal government--but it does more. It weaves together, for the first time, all the complex strands that have shaped Ottawa''s identity over the years.

Handsomely illustrated withn 150 historical photographs, Ottawa: An Illustrated History is a colourful, fascinating chronicle of the development of the nation''s capital.
JOHN H. TAYLOR is an associate professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is an associate editor of the Urban History Review and a founding member of the Canadian Urban History Association.
Title:Ottawa: An Illustrated HistoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:232 pages, 8.5 X 10.25 X 1 inShipping dimensions:232 pages, 8.5 X 10.25 X 1 inPublished:January 1, 1986Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088862980X

ISBN - 13:9780888629807

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Table of Contents


Illustration Credits
Foreword: The History of Canadian Cities Series
Introduction: The Valley and the Founding of Bytown
Chapter One: The Era of the Timber Trade, 1825–1849
Chapter Two: A City Emerges, 1850–1867
Chapter Three: Victorian City and National Capital, 1867–1900
Chapter Four: A Narrowing of Options, 1900–1940
Chapter Five: The City Transformed, 1940–1980
Appendix: Statistical Tables
Suggestions for Further Reading and Research

Editorial Reviews

"This fine history moves with authority, conciseness and a good deal of wit on a broad front through a century and a half of civic history... Ottawa, An Illustrated History is a superb example of what a skilled historian can craft in the brief space of 200 pages.This is also a superbly illustrated history...these images evoke a past that words can barely describe... forcefully written and revealingly illustrated, this book is...a wonderful read for all Canadians.