Canada: An Illustrated History by Derek HayesCanada: An Illustrated History by Derek Hayes

Canada: An Illustrated History

byDerek Hayes

Hardcover | September 1, 2004

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A visually spectacular saga of the events, people and experiences that shaped the nation and the Canadian psyche.

This innovative, superbly produced book is much more than the story of Canada. Besides addressing all the expected themes -- from the early days of exploration and settlement through the building of a nation to Canada's contribution to the two world wars -- it reveals many lesser-known facets of Canadian history. From horrific disasters like the Halifax Explosion to popular trends like the bicycle craze, this stunningly designed book covers both the "official" aspects of history and the phenomena, such as immigration and the baby boom, that had an impact on almost everyone.

People make history come alive. From fur traders to politicians, air aces to refugee slaves, Canada: An Illustrated History, tells their stories. The lively and informative text is complemented by a wonderful selection of images including more than 200 photographs, 50 paintings and drawings and 35 historic maps -- 440 illustrations in all.

Derek Hayes, a geographer by training, has a passion for old maps and what they can reveal about the past. He is the author of the bestselling Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, which sold over 55,000 copies; Historical Atlas of Toronto, which won the Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence; Historical Atlas of Canada; and America...
Title:Canada: An Illustrated HistoryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 12 × 9 × 1 inShipping dimensions:12 × 9 × 1 inPublished:September 1, 2004Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553650468

ISBN - 13:9781553650461


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent overview with great illustrations I bought Derek Hayes’ book for two friends who wanted to learn more about this country's history, and to do it in a fun way. One has come to Canada as an immigrant and wants to know more about the history of his new country. The other is a student at university; she wants to get a better perspective on our history. Some people say that our history is boring, but what they might really mean is that we managed, without a lot of war, to build a nation from Atlantic to Pacific. But the way we put ourselves together, as a federal state with cooperation between our two founding cultures, makes for a great story This book is excellent. Historically it is quite accurate, based on my own knowledge of Canadian history (including university studies). The writing style is good; it is by topics, not strictly by dates, so the fur trade is discussed separately from transportation, for example. What makes it so enjoyable is that there is an outstanding selection of illustrations; it makes the story of Canada come alive and it becomes a great story to be enjoyed. In a nutshell it is a coffee table book with great illustrations and a readable, enjoyable, informative text!! As they say, "one picture is worth a thousand words" and in this case, that saying is quite valid. I enjoyed reading , and giving “Canada: An Illustrated History” as a gift. Both recipients are really happy. I am pleased to recommend it to someone who wants a good history of Canada with excellent illustrations.
Date published: 2008-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Critique of Canada: An Illustrated History I am an avid history fan (especially Canadian History) and that’s why I purchased this book. If you only have a general interest in Canadian history and presently have minimal knowledge of it than I would recommend this book to you. However, if you already know quite a bit about the history of this country than you are unlikely to learn much from this book (except perhaps a few names and dates). Canada: an illustrated History as the name suggests has many illustrations (and many nice ones at that of old maps of the new world, people who changed its history, etc..) but for this exact reason it has very few written words in comparison therefore if you are someone who prefers the written word to illustrations you may want to look elsewhere for your dose of Canadian History. In conclusion this book is rich in illustrations and is the perfect read for someone who is new on the Canadian History scene and/or who only wants to learn the essentials. That being said I still enjoyed the book; it was a good read.
Date published: 2006-07-16