The Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic History by Harold InnisThe Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic History by Harold Innis

The Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic History

byHarold InnisIntroduction byArthur Ray

Paperback | April 29, 1999

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At the time of its publication in 1930, The Fur Trade in Canada challenged and inspired scholars, historians, and economists. Now, almost seventy years later, Harold Innis's fundamental reinterpretation of Canadian history continues to exert a magnetic influence.

Innis has long been regarded as one of Canada's foremost historians, and in The Fur Trade in Canada he presents several histories in one: social history through the clash between colonial and aboriginal cultures; economic history in the development of the West as a result of Eastern colonial and European needs; and transportation history in the case of the displacement of the canoe by the York boat. Political history appears in Innis's examination of the nature of French-British rivalry and the American Revolution; and business history is represented in his detailed account of the Hudson's Bay and Northwest Companies and the industry that played so vital a role in the expansion of Canada.

In his introduction to this new edition, Arthur J. Ray argues that The Fur Trade in Canada is the most definitive economic history and geography of the country ever produced. Innis's revolutionary conclusion - that Canada was created because of its geography, not in spite of it - is a captivating idea but also an enigmatic proposition in light of the powerful decentralizing forces that threaten the nation today. Ray presents the history of the book and concludes that "Innis's great book remains essential reading for the study of Canada."

Harold A. Innis (1894-1952) was a Canadian professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history. Arthur J. Ray is a professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia, and author of Indians in the Fur Trade and ...
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Title:The Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.04 × 6.01 × 1.29 inPublished:April 29, 1999Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802081967

ISBN - 13:9780802081964

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Although close to 70 years have passed since Harold A. Innis presented a fundamental reinterpretation of Canadian history, his work continues to generate conversation among scholars, economists and historians. The Fur Trade in Canada examines the clash between colonial and aboriginal cultures, the development of the West as a result of eastern and European needs and the displacement of the canoe by the York boat. Innis also discusses French and British rivalry associated with the American revolution and how the Hudson’s Bay and Northwest Companies impacted Canada’s expansion.

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At the time of its publication in 1930, The Fur Trade in Canada challenged and inspired scholars, historians, and economists. Now, almost seventy years later, Harold Innis's fundamental reinterpretation of Canadian history continues to exert a magnetic influence.Innis has long been regarded as one of Canada's foremost historians, and in The Fur Trade in Canada he presents several histories in one: social history through the clash between colonial and aboriginal cultures; economic history in the development of the West as a result of Eastern colonial and European needs; and transportation history in the case of the displacement of the canoe by the York boat. Political history appears in Innis's examination of the nature of French-British rivalry and the American Revolution; and business history is represented in his detailed account of the Hudson's Bay and Northwest Companies and the industry that played so vital a role in the expansion of Canada.In his introduction to this new edition, Arthur J. Ray argues that The Fur Trade in Canada is the most definitive economic history and geography of the country ever produced. Innis's revolutionary conclusion - that Canada was created because of its geography, not in spite of it - is a captivating idea but also an enigmatic proposition in light of the powerful decentralizing forces that threaten the nation today. Ray presents the history of the book and concludes that "Innis's great book remains essential reading for the study of Canada."'A lively pace is maintained from the beginning of the book, and upon reaching Innis's conclusion, the reader finds that a much neglected aspect of Canadian history has been satisfactorily illuminated. For the collectors of Canadiana, researchers in need of background material, or the plain curious, this is an excellent book ... a diverting book, a controversial book, and a stimulating book ... It deserves to be read not just once, but many times and by many people.' - The Canadian Reader