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328 pp.
17 tables; 16 maps; 22 figures; 30 photos, 7" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Atlantic Canada

A History, Third Edition

Margaret R. Conrad and James K. Hiller

Atlantic Canada: A History reflects on the region's diversity and provides students with a concise and up-to-date history of the east coast of Canada. This edition includes new coverage of Atlantic Canada up to 2014, allowing readers to make connections between the past and present and reflect on the region's diversity and future.

Readership : Third- and fourth-year undergraduate students taking history of the Atlantic region courses.


  • "The best part about this book is that it provides a concise overview of an extensive and diverse history and region. The regular inclusion of primary sources, biographies, contextual asides and a timeline also make the book useful in the classroom, providing an avenue to spark broader discussion and flush out some of the main narrative."
    --Thomas Peace, Acadia University

  • "The first time I used Conrad and Hiller was the first time students complimented the textbook. I believe students like it because it is straightforward, engaging, and succinct. I like it for the same reasons and also because it balances political/imperial and social history and provides appropriate and compelling boxes."
    --Heidi MacDonald, University of Lethbridge

Introduction A Region in the Making
Part One: The Atlantic Region, 1500-1860
1. Beginnings
2. Aboriginal Peoples
3. European Encounters, 1000-1598
4. Colonial Experiments, 1598-1632
5. Colonial Communities, 1632-1713
6. Renegotiating the Atlantic Region, 1713-63
7. Community Formation, 1749-1815
8. Maturing Colonial Societies, 1815-60
Part Two: The Atlantic Region Since 1860
9. Confronting Confederation, 1860-1873
10. The Industrial Challenge, 1873-1901
11. The Promise and Peril of a New Century, 1901-19
12. Between the Wars, 1919-39
13. The Emergence of Atlantic Canada, 1939-49
14. A Region Transformed, 1949-75
15. Atlantic Canada in the Global Village, 1975-2001
16. Whither Tending? Atlantic Canada in the Twenty-First Century
Bibliographic Note

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Margaret R. Conrad is Professor Emerita at the University of New Brunswick, where she held a Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies from 2002 to 2009. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995, received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada (2004). In 2011 she received the Society for Digital Humanities Award for outstanding achievement in computing in the Arts and Humanities. Margaret Conrad has published widely in the fields of Atlantic Canadian History and Women's Studies.

James K. Hiller is Professor Emeritus in the department of history at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2011, he was awarded the Newfoundland Historical Society's Heritage Award. Professor Hiller worked for the Newfoundland Historical Society (NHS), where he pioneered its publication series and its symposiums. He was also involved with Memorial's Smallwood Centre, served as the editor of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, and was also a member of the Canadian Historical Association's Regional History Committee.

Writing History - William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones

Special Features

  • Comprehensive coverage from pre-contact to the present day gives students a well-rounded overview of the history of the Atlantic region.
  • Photos, maps, and primary source documents give students the opportunity to develop their analytical skills as they engage critically with historical documents.
  • Engaging box program helps students engage with different aspects of Atlantic Canadian history.
  • Biography boxes profile significant historical figures such as Membertou, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Mikak, giving students a fuller appreciation of the region's history and its key figures.
  • Document boxes highlight excerpts from primary source documents such as "The Prince Edward Island Land Commission" and the "The Voyage of the Grace from Bristol" to help students contextualize the history of Atlantic Canada.
  • Setting the Context boxes highlight how events throughout North America and Europe, such as the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and World War I, influenced life in Atlantic Canada.
  • Historical Focus boxes provide greater detail on key events and people being discussed in the chapter.
New to this Edition
  • Updated throughout to reflect recent scholarship and contemporary terminology, while addressing current issues such as economic disparity, social justice, and the contested nature of the region.
  • Expanded coverage of key topics, including black history, Acadians, First Nations peoples, and Loyalists.
  • New visual aids have been added throughout, including maps, photos, and illustrations.