Creating Historical Memory

Creating Historical Memory

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In the early 1900s, British Columbia embarked on a brief but intense effort to manufacture a modern countryside. The government wished to reward veterans of the Great War with new lives: soldiers and other settlers would benefit from living in a rural community, considered a more healthy and moral alternative to urban life. But the fundamental reason for the land resettlement project was the rise of progressive or qnew liberalq thinking, as reformers advocated an expanded role for the state in guaranteeing the prosperity and economic security of its citizens. This ideological shift pushed the government to intervene directly in the management of not only society but also the natural environment. As most arable, accessible land in British Columbia was already being farmed by 1919, the state had to undertake environmental engineering projects on a scale not yet attempted in the province. Creating a Modern Countryside examines how this process unfolded, identifies its successes and failures, and demonstrates how the human-environment relationship of the early twentieth century shaped the province we live in today.See also the studies of women scientists in Marianne Gosztonyi Ainley, ed., Despite the Odds: Essays on Canadian Women and Science (Montreal: Vehicule Press 1990). ... Most women with scholarly aspirations and career goals, she noted in a 1973 interview, expected, or were ... These and many other women historians who could be added to the list will, I hope, be the subjects of a future study.

Title:Creating Historical Memory
Author: Beverly Boutilier
Publisher:UBC Press - 1997

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