Places Of Last Resort: The Expansion Of The Farm Frontier Into The Boreal Forest In Canada, C. 1910-1940 by J. David WoodPlaces Of Last Resort: The Expansion Of The Farm Frontier Into The Boreal Forest In Canada, C. 1910-1940 by J. David Wood

Places Of Last Resort: The Expansion Of The Farm Frontier Into The Boreal Forest In Canada, C. 1910…

byJ. David Wood

Paperback | July 6, 2006

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In the early twentieth century, tens of thousands of Canadian settlers faced the challenge of starting a farm in the North. Places of Last Resort explores the last significant expansion of farm settlement in Canada, documenting the painful discovery of the limits of traditional farming. Northerly locations were occupied in desperation after more accessible land further south had been colonized. Grappling with demanding conditions, the northern settlers were encouraged by politicians, bureaucrats, and religious leaders, who often had less than innocent reasons for endorsing questionable settlement experiments. David Wood explores the demographic characteristics of this surging population of land-seekers and shows how some of their efforts echoed those of earlier settlers. Gripping case studies outline the face of failure and suggest the ingredients for success in these marginal areas.
J. David Wood is professor emeritus of geography, York University, and the author of several books, including Making Ontario: Agricultural Colonization and Landscape Re-Creation before the Railway.
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Title:Places Of Last Resort: The Expansion Of The Farm Frontier Into The Boreal Forest In Canada, C. 1910…Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:July 6, 2006Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773530975

ISBN - 13:9780773530973

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Book An interesting commentary on settlement in a harsh land. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09

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"Wood constructs a quilt from the small patches of history scattered across the boreal fringes of Canada in a brave work that dares to tackle 'national history' without reducing his book to a tale of high politics or abstract economic patterns." John Walsh, history, Carleton University