The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia by Jean BarmanThe West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia by Jean Barman

The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia

byJean Barman

Paperback | August 25, 2007

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British Columbia is regularly described in superlatives both positive and negative - most spectacular scenery, strangest politics, greatest environmental sensitivity, richest Aboriginal cultures, most aggressive resource exploitation, closest ties to Asia. Jean Barman's The West beyond the West presents the history of the province in all its diversity and apparent contradictions. This critically acclaimed work is the premiere book on British Columbian history, with a narrative beginning at the point of contact between Native peoples and Europeans and continuing into the twenty-first century.

Barman tells the story by focusing not only on the history made by leaders in government but also on the roles of women, immigrants, and Aboriginal peoples in the development of the province. She incorporates new perspectives and expands discussions on important topics such as the province's relationship to Canada as a nation, its involvement in the two world wars, the perspectives of non-mainstream British Columbians, and its participation in recreation and sports including Olympics.

First published in 1991 and revised in 1996, this third edition of The West beyond the West has been supplemented by statistical tables incorporating the 2001 census, two more extensive illustration sections portraying British Columbia's history in images, and other new material bringing the book up to date. Barman's deft scholarship is readily apparent and the book demands to be on the shelf of anyone with an interest in British Columbian or Canadian history.

Jean Barman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, and is the author of the acclaimed study The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (1996).
Title:The West Beyond the West: A History of British ColumbiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:449 pages, 9.5 × 6.55 × 1.2 inPublished:August 25, 2007Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802094953

ISBN - 13:9780802094957

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Table of Contents


  1. In Search of British Columbia
  2. First Encounters, 1741-1825
  3. The Trade in Furs, 1789-1849
  4. Impetus to Settlement, 1846-1858
  5. Distant Oversight, 1858-1871
  6. The Young Province, 1871-1900
  7. Population Explosion, 1886-1914
  8. Disregard of Native Peoples, 1858-1945
  9. Growing Self-Confidence, 1900-1918
  10. Reform and Its Limits, 1871-1929
  11. The Best and Worst of Times, 1918-1945
  12. The Good Life, 1945-1972
  13. Equality Revolution, 1945-1980
  14. The Challenges of Leadership, 1972-2006
  15. A New Dynamic
  16. The British Columbian Identity