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Price: $19.95

Paperback 304 pp.
5 b/w photos; 4 maps, 4.75" x 6.75"



Publication date:
May 2017

Imprint: OUP Canada

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A Little History of Canada

Third Edition

H.V. Nelles

Lively, compact, and highly readable, this bestselling history offers a fascinating overview of the Canadian landscape and its people. From the earliest human inhabitants of North America who learned to thrive in challenging physical environments to the French and British invaders who established colonies across a vast continent to the influential individuals who have shaped Canada's social and political orders since Confederation, Nelles describes a dynamic country that is constantly changing, adjusting, and redefining itself. Revised to cover recent developments and issues of ongoing concern, the third edition is an indispensable introduction to the nation that is Canada today and a perfect companion to celebrations of Canada's 150th anniversary.

Readership : This concise and comprehensive edition will sell to the general trade, especially those who are looking to learn more about the history of Canada, such as new immigrants and home-grown Canadians interested in understanding their heritage. As well, those who read previous editions will find information that includes the latest developments in Canadian history. Those interested in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada will also enjoy this book.


  • "Clear, concise, and colourful."
    --Times Colonist (Victoria)

  • "Lively, compact, and opinionated. . . . If you no longer can recall what is significant about the British North America Act, the Family Compact, the Charlottetown and Meech Lake Accords, the rebellions of Louis Riel, William Lyon Mackenzie and Louis-Joseph Papineau, and the War Measures Act, then this informative volume, a marvel of compression, is for you."
    --Hamilton Spectator

  • "Many are called to write gem-like distillations like this one, but few can pull it off with Nelles's elegance, intelligence, and clarity."
    --Canadian Historical Review

Becoming Canada
1. Home and Native Land
2. British Americans
3. Dominion Limited
4. Distinct Society
5. Another Opening

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H.V. Nelles is the award-winning author of The Art of Nation-Building, Monopoly's Moment, and The Revenge of the Methodist Bicycle Company. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has twice received the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian History. Currently, he holds the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History at McMaster University.

Citizen Trudeau, 1944-1965 - Allen Mills
The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History - J. L. Granatstein and Dean F. Oliver
The Greatest Victory - J. L. Granatstein
The Oxford Companion to Canadian History - Edited by Gerald Hallowell
A History of Canadian Culture - Jonathan F. Vance
The Revenge of the Methodist Bicycle Company - Christopher Armstrong and H. V. Nelles

Special Features

  • A concise overview, encompassing the earliest human occupation of North America, nearly 14,000 years ago, to the present.
  • A highly readable narrative history can be read cover-to-cover and understood by any non-specialist.
  • Fully indexed and comprehensive quick reference to Canadian history.