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Edited by R. Douglas Francis and Howard Palmer. Edmonton, Pica Pica Press, c1985. 660pp, paper, $21.00, ISBN 0-88864-048-X. Distributed by University of Alberta Press. CIP

Reviewed by J.D. Ingram

Volume 14 Number 3
1986 May

This is a collection of thirty-two historical articles that the editors claim "provides students with the latest scholarship on major topics of interest in a survey course on the history of prairie Canada." There are fourteen themes, each prefaced by a brief essay. A sample of these includes: "Native Peoples and the Fur Trade," "Immigration and Ethnic Relations," "Depression Years," and "Literature and Art."Among the authors represented are: Gerald Friesen, W.C. Morton, Sylvia Van Kirk, Douglas Owram, Alan FJ. Artibise, and David Bercuson. Many of these articles have appeared before in publications such as the Alberta Historical Review, Canadian Historical Review, and The Journal of Canadian Studies. Each introductory essay for the fourteen themes includes a valuable "Selected Bibliography." Useful as well are detailed and precise "Notes" at the conclusion of every article.

For the individual interested in the history of the West, it is always beneficial to have such a collection of articles in one volume. With all the research and publications currently being made available, it is difficult to keep up. Volumes such as The Prairie West provide a valuable service for those who endeavour to keep abreast of the tide of information.

The book seems well bound for a paperback and the print is sufficiently large and clear. Undoubtedly intended for university students and professors, secondary teachers may also enjoy and benefit from reading this book.

J.D. Ingram, Gordon BellH.S., Winnipeg, Man.
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