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Mining Country

A people's history of Canada's mines and miners

By Arn Keeling and John Sandlos

This book will be available 3rd September 2019. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$29.95 Paperback

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Mining has a significant presence in every part of Canada — from east to west coasts to the far north. This book tells the stories of the people and companies who pushed mining into new territories, created new towns and generated jobs by the thousands. It highlights the experiences of those who lived and worked in mining settlements across the country, as well as the rise of major mining companies and the emergence of Toronto and Vancouver as centres of global mining finance. It also addresses the effects these developments have had on Indigenous communities and the environmental changes and challenges that have accompanied mining at every step. Mining Country is richly illustrated with more than 150 photos drawn from the well-recorded history up to the present.

The story begins with the development of copper mining and trading networks among pre-contact Indigenous groups in Canada. Industrial scale mining of iron and coal emerged in Quebec and Nova Scotia in the eighteenth century. The book describes the growth of mining towns in northern Ontario, Quebec and western Canada in the nineteenth century, and the famous Cariboo and Klondike Gold Rushes.

Demand for strategic minerals and metals during the Second World War and the Cold War pushed development into remote northern regions. The most recent period embraces the North West Territories diamond rush and controversial expansion into Ontario's "Ring of Fire" region.

Much has been written about the history of individual mining towns, mine unions and mining companies. This book offers a readable account of the full scope of this key industry's story, in words and a collection of carefully researched and selected visuals.

ARN KEELING is a historical geographer at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His teaching and research focuses on the environmental-historical geography of Western and Northern Canada. In recent years, his research has explored the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

JOHN SANDLOS teaches history at Memorial University of Newfoundland. With doctoral research on northern wildlife, he has devoted much of his research in the past decade to mining history. He is the author of Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Arn Keeling and John Sandlos are co-editors of Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics and Memory.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
Publication Date: 3rd September 2019
ISBN: 9781459413535
Format: 11in x 10in
150 b&w & colour images

BISAC Code:  4.0.2.0.0.0.0, BUS070150, HIS028000, HIS054000, NAT038000
Imprint: Lorimer


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