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The Nature of Canada
Edited by: Colin M. Coates Edited by: Graeme Wynn

Edited by :

Colin M. Coates ,

Edited by :

Graeme Wynn

Imprint:

On Point Press

ISBN:

9780774890366

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Flaps
Paperback , Flaps
English

Audience:

General Trade
May 01, 2019
$29.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 6 x 0.9 in | 580 gr

Page Count:

384 pages

Illustrations:

72 b&w photos, 4 maps, 2 charts
UBC Press
On Point Press
NATURE / Essays
Canada
 
Best Edited Collection, Canadian Studies Network 2020, Winner
  • Short Description

Intended to delight and provoke, these short, beautifully crafted essays, enlivened with photos and illustrations, explore how humans have engaged with the Canadian environment and what those interactions say about the nature of Canada.

Tracing a path from the Ice Age to the Anthropocene, some of the foremost stars in the field of environmental history reflect on how we, as a nation, have idolized and found inspiration in nature even as fishers, fur traders, farmers, foresters, miners, and city planners have commodified it or tried to tame it. They also travel lesser known routes, revealing how Indigenous people listened to glaciers and what they have to tell us; and how even the nature we can’t see – the smallest of pathogens – has served the interests of some while threatening the very existence of others.

The Nature of Canada will make you think differently not only about Canada and its past but quite possibly about Canada and its future. Its insights are just what we need as Canada attempts to reconcile the opposing goals of prosperity and preservation.

Snow-capped mountains. Pristine lakes. Crystalline glaciers. Big-sky sunsets. “Canada” is synonymous with nature, and throughout history people have been drawn to it for its bounty – from fish and furs to gold, wheat, and lumber.
Intended to delight and provoke, these short, beautifully crafted essays, enlivened with photos and illustrations, explore how humans have engaged with Canadian nature and what those interactions say about the nature of Canada.
Tracing a path from the Ice Age to the Anthropocene, some of the foremost stars in the field of environmental history reflect on how we, as a nation, have idolized and found inspiration in nature even as fishers, fur traders, farmers, foresters, miners, and city planners have commodified it and tried to tame it. They also travel lesser known routes, revealing how Indigenous people listened to glaciers and what they have to tell us; how the weather is not what we must endure but what we make of it; and how even the nature we can’t see – the smallest of pathogens – has served the interests of some while threatening the very existence of others.
The Nature of Canada will make you think differently not only about Canada and its past but quite possibly about Canada and its future. Its insights are just what we need as Canada attempts to reconcile the opposing goals of prosperity and preservation.

  • How does the nature of Canada define us? These are contemplative meditations on who we are as Canadians.
  • Each short essay is by a star in Canadian history or environmental studies. They are highly readable and deeply interesting. They enlighten, inform, and engage, presenting history in new ways.
  • This is a book for nature fans, Canadian history readers, and those who ponder who we are as Canadians.
  • Beautifully packaged and illustrated, it is the perfect gift book for a thoughtful friend or relative.
  • We will be pitching NA media, with a focus on national: Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Geographic Magazine, Quill and Quire, Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times Canada section, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Choice and literary publications such as The Goose, Canadian Literature, The Walrus. Excerpts will be offered where appropriate.
  • There will be a Vancouver launch, with Toronto plans in the works.

Colin M. Coates is the author of The Metamorphoses of Landscape and Community in Early Quebec and editor of Canadian Countercultures and the Environment. He is an associate professor of Canadian studies at Glendon College, York University. Graeme Wynn is a geographer, the author of Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History, the president of the American Society for Environmental History, and the editor of the UBC Press Nature | History | Society book series.

Contributors: Jennifer Bonnell, Claire Campbell, Colin M. Coates, Julie Cruikshank, Ken Cruikshank, Michèle Dagenais, Joanna Dean, Stephen J. Hornsby, Arn Keeling, Tina Loo, Heather E. McGregor, Steve Penfold, Liza Piper, John Sandlos, Graeme Wynn

  • How does the nature of Canada define us? These are contemplative meditations on who we are as Canadians.
  • Each short essay is by a star in Canadian history or environmental studies. They are highly readable and deeply interesting. They enlighten, inform, and engage, presenting history in new ways.
  • This is a book for nature fans, Canadian history readers, and those who ponder who we are as Canadians. Beautifully packaged and illustrated, it is the perfect gift book for a thoughtful friend or relative.
  • We will be pitching NA media, with a focus on national: Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Geographic Magazine, Quill and Quire, Globe and Mail, National PostNew York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times Canada section, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Choice and literary publications such as The Goose, Canadian Literature, The Walrus. Excerpts will be offered where appropriate.
  • There will be a Vancouver launch, with Toronto plans in the works.



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It's not often an environmentalist gets to say “Hug a book!” – but this is the one to embrace if you want to understand how nature is everything Canada is and will be. - Roy MacGregor, author of Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada

I found The Nature of Canada so engaged me that I read it with the unflagging interest and close attention I usually reserve for critically acclaimed novels. Innovative in its approach and ideas, it articulates a wide, unusual, and most welcome vision of Canada. - Sharon Butala, author of The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature

The Nature of Canada is a unique and wonderful collection of reflections by scholars who know how to pause in the midst of their work and articulate what is truly at stake in studying the past. These essays are thoughtful, engaging, and beautifully written – with each contribution offering at least one startling insight. - Mark Fiege, author of The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States

And what a showcase it is. Yet another accomplishment of indefatigable editors…

- Ruth Morgan, director, Centre for Environmental History at Australian National University, NiCHE

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