Readings in Canadian History: Post Confederation


631 pages
Contains Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-03-921877-5




Edited by R. Douglas Francis, and Donald B. Smith
Reviewed by J.L. Granatstein

J.L. Granatstein is a history professor at York University and author of
War and Peacekeeping and For Better or For Worse.


This second edition of a popular collection of essays on post-Confederation history is likely to have the same success as the first. Francis and Smith have put together articles on fifteen topics such as Canadian Duality, Women and Social Reform, and Foreign Policy with the result that their volume can accompany almost every course in post-1867 Canadian history. Sometimes their choices of articles are odd, often they — of necessity — give short shrift to some subjects, but their choices very frequently are most appropriate. This is a useful book in a classroom, and readers interested in recent trends in the writing of history in Canada could do worse than to dip into this collection.


“Readings in Canadian History: Post Confederation,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 28, 2024,