Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory, 1850s-1990s

By Cecilia Morgan

© 2016

Commemorating Canada is a concise narrative overview of the development of history and commemoration in Canada, designed for use in courses on public history, historical memory, heritage preservation, and related areas.

Examining why, when, where, and for whom historical narratives have been important, Cecilia Morgan describes the growth of historical pageantry, popular history, textbooks, historical societies, museums, and monuments through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Showing how Canadians have clashed over conflicting interpretations of history and how they have come together to create shared histories, she demonstrates the importance of history in shaping Canadian identity. Though public history in both French and English Canada was written predominantly by white, middle-class men, Morgan also discusses the activism and agency of women, immigrants, and Indigenous peoples. The book concludes with a brief examination of present-day debates over Canada’s history and Canadians’ continuing interest in their pasts.

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  • Series: Themes in Canadian History
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.7in x 8.5in
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Commemorating Canada is a concise narrative overview of the development of history and commemoration in Canada, designed for use in courses on public history, historical memory, heritage preservation, and related areas.

Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory, 1850s-1990s

By Cecilia Morgan

© 2016

Commemorating Canada is a concise narrative overview of the development of history and commemoration in Canada, designed for use in courses on public history, historical memory, heritage preservation, and related areas.

Examining why, when, where, and for whom historical narratives have been important, Cecilia Morgan describes the growth of historical pageantry, popular history, textbooks, historical societies, museums, and monuments through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Showing how Canadians have clashed over conflicting interpretations of history and how they have come together to create shared histories, she demonstrates the importance of history in shaping Canadian identity. Though public history in both French and English Canada was written predominantly by white, middle-class men, Morgan also discusses the activism and agency of women, immigrants, and Indigenous peoples. The book concludes with a brief examination of present-day debates over Canada’s history and Canadians’ continuing interest in their pasts.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Themes in Canadian History
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.7in x 8.5in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is a book that should be widely read…All who are interested in Canadian history will benefit from this wide-reaching study.’


    Tim Cook
    Canada’s History October-November 2016

    ‘This will be a useful resource for teaching how history has been used and abused for nationalist and other purposes.’


    J.I. Little
    Canadian Historical Review vol 98:01:2017

    ‘Anyone interested in teaching students about how history of education can reveal prevailing contemporary attitudes would do well to assign this book.’


    Alan Gordon
    Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’education, Spring 2017
  • Author Information

    Cecilia Morgan is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She is the author of Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory, 1850–1990s (2016), as well as Creating Colonial Pasts: History, Memory, and Commemoration in Southern Ontario, 1860–1980 (2015).

  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction

    2. History and Memory, 1750s–1870s

    3. The Heyday of Public Commemorations in Canada: 1870s–1920s

    4. Remembering Canada at War

    5. Commemoration, Historical Preservation, and the Canadian State

    6. Shaping History through Tourism

    7. Teaching the Nation Its History: Schoolchildren and the Canadian Past

    8. Epilogue

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