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Ed Whitcomb.

Stittsville (ON), Canada's Wings, c1982.
64pp, paper, $2.95.
ISBN 0-920002-15-3.

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by Agnes L. Florence.

Volume 11 Number 3.
1983 May.

In his introduction, the author states that he was unable to locate in any of three eastern provinces to which his work took him, "a short history book which would provide an outline of [his] newly-adopted home." As a result, Whitcomb set out to produce a brief history of his native province such as an interested newcomer might desire.

He succeeds admirably in setting Manitoba into the wider context of Canadian and even international events. Yet he maintains constant focus on the area under discussion, covering successive eras of exploration, settlement, boom and bust.

Sufficient milestones are noted to mark changes in direction, chiefly political, but few details of events appear. True to the original purpose—a survey history— the emphasis is on trends in development, periodic recessions, and the impact of national or political changes that have contributed to the current attitude of Manitobans facing the 1980s.

Not a history designed for initial instruction in schools, this little volume serves as an excellent review or overview to pull detailed studies into line for a broader picture.

Raised in Oak Lake, Manitoba, the author has been an award and scholarship winner through Brandon College days, master's studies at the University of Manitoba, and doctoral studies at the University of London. He is currently serving in the Canadian diplomatic service.

Agnes L. Florence, Winnipeg, MB.
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