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The Peoples of Canada

A Post-Confederation History, Fourth Edition

J.M. Bumsted

J.M. Bumsted's bestselling survey of Canadian social, cultural, political, and economic history from 1867 to the present is now in its fourth edition. Retaining the hallmark features of previous editions, this edition incorporates new material on key topics such as modern culture; hockey; the environment and the Arctic; and international and domestic politics.

Readership : The Peoples of Canada: A Post-Confederation History, fourth edition, will serve predominantly as a core text for first- and second-year university students studying Canadian history from 1867 to present day in courses that are usually offered out of history or Canadian studies departments.


  • "Bumsted's text remains a valuable and quite well-respected text for instructors of survey courses in Canadian history."
    --John F. Varty, McMaster University

  • "The text is well written and aimed at an appropriate skill level. I would judge it to be among the best in this matter."
    --Stephen Henderson, Acadia University

Introduction: Understanding History
Part One: 1867-1885
1. The Completion of Confederation, 1867-1873
2. Envisioning the New Nation, 1867-1885
Writing about Confederation NEW
Part Two: 1885-1914
3. The First Triumph of Industrialism, 1885-1914
4. Rural Canada, 1885-1914
5. Urban Canada, 1885-1914
6. Immigration, Ethnicity, and Racist Exclusion, 1882-1914
7. Politics and the National Question, 1885-1914
8. The Era of Reform, 1885-1914
Writing about Agriculture and Rural Society
Part Three: 1914-1945
9. The Great War and Its Aftermath, 1914-1919
10. Economy, Polity, and the Search for Social Justice, 1919-1939
11. Canadian Society and Culture between the Wars, 1919-1939
12. World War II, 1939-1945
Writing about War in Canada
Part Four: 1946-1972
13. Canada and the World, 1946-1972
14. Prosperity and Growth in the Post-War World, 1946-1972
15. The Era of Liberal Consensus, 1946-1972
16. Quebec and Confederation, 1945-1972
17. The New Suburban Society, 1946-1972
18. The Beginnings of Modern Canadian Cultural Policy, 1945-1972
19. The Making of Canadian Culture, 1946-1975
Writing about Culture in Canada NEW
Part Five: 1972-2013
20. The Collapse of the Liberal Consensus, 1972-1991
21. The Provinces, the Constitution, and the Charter of Rights, 1968-2012
22. The Fragmentation and Reconsolidation of Conservatism, 1990-2012
23. Canadian Society and Culture, 1972-2013
24. Canada and the World
Writing about Immigration and Ethnicity
Epilogue: Well into the New Millennium

Instructor's Manual:
Chapter summaries
Chapter objectives
Suggestions for in-class discussion and debate
List of key people, places, events, and terms
Suggested research topics and activities
Recommended sources for further information
PowerPoint slides:
For each chapter:
10 lecture outline slides
Image Bank:
Photos and figures from the text
Student Study Guide:
Chapter summaries
Learning objectives
10-15 multiple-choice questions per chapter plus answer key
Recommended further readings
List of tips for answering essay exam questions
Links to writing resources for history students
Test Generator:
For each chapter:
10 multiple-choice questions
10-15 true-or-false questions
5-10 short answer questions
E-Book (ISBN 9780199000821):
Available through CourseSmart.com

For over 25 years, John M. (Jack) Bumsted taught at the University of Manitoba's department of history. Before his arrival on the Prairies he taught at both Simon Fraser University and McMaster University. His research specialties are many, including the history of Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and cultural history.

The Peoples of Canada - J. M. Bumsted
Interpreting Canada's Past - Edited by J.M. Bumsted, Len Kuffert and Michel Ducharme
Interpreting Canada's Past - J.M. Bumsted, Len Kuffert and Michel Ducharme
A History of the Canadian Peoples 4e / Writing History 3ce Pack - J. M. Bumsted
Gender History - Willeen Keough and Lara Campbell
Home, Work, and Play - Edited by James Opp and John C. Walsh
Rethinking Canada - Edited by Mona Gleason, Tamara Myers and Adele Perry
A Concise History of Canada's First Nations - Olive Patricia Dickason and William Newbigging
Canada's First Nations - The late Olive Patricia Dickason and David T. McNab
Writing History - William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones

Special Features

  • Understanding History essay introduces the origins, development, and importance of history as an academic discipline.
  • Five historiographical essays - including two NEW selections on writing about confederation and culture - shed light on the ways interpretations of the past have changed over time.
  • Chapter-opening essays and timelines provide students with context and perspective for the era being discussed.
  • Brief biographical sketches provide background information on both little-known and familiar figures in Canadian history.
  • Discussions of women, Aboriginal peoples, and ethnic minorities offer students a more inclusive treatment of Canadian history.
  • Excerpts from primary source documents give students a chance to work with the raw materials of history.
  • A lively, accessible writing style engages students in the material.
New to this Edition
  • New full-colour design includes 40 new photos and a larger trim size to increase visual appeal and enhance readability.
  • Backgrounder boxes feature specific topics that set the scene for the larger issue being discussed-for example, a box on the Attawapiskat First Nations crisis within a section on population and immigration.
  • Contemporary coverage of topics such as the arts, music, and literature; hockey; the environment and the Canadian Arctic; and international and domestic politics.