The Queen and I (2008), directed and produced by Swedish-Iranian filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani, follows the former Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi and Sarvestani as they discuss their lives following the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Simon Enoch reviews Manufacturing Meltdown: Reshaping Steel Work by D.W. Livingstone, Dorothy E. Smith and Warren Smith: I approached the new Fernwood release Manufacturing Meltdown: Reshaping Steel Work by D.W. Livingstone, Dorothy Smith and Warren Smith (Fernwood Publishing, 2011, paperback: $27.95) from a rather different perspective than I approach most other historical works. Manufacturing Meltdown details over thirty years of… Read more »
Book review by Simon Enoch. I approached the new Fernwood release Manufacturing Meltdown: Reshaping Steel Work by D.W. Livingstone, Dorothy Smith and Warren Smith (Fernwood Publishing, 2011, paperback: $27.95) from a rather different perspective than I approach most other historical works. Manufacturing Meltdown details over thirty years of research into the steel industry in Hamilton Ontario, my hometown. As the… Read more »
This past weekend I watched two movies that were seemingly more different than any two movies could be. They did have things in common though. Both films were intriguing and entertaining in their own way and at their heart is a similar theme: reclaiming and uncovering the “true” past.
Teresa Iacobelli presents a thoughtful review of Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout.
It has been 48 years since the last executions took place in Canada. One might ask why we need Ken Leyton-Brown’s book The Practice of Execution in Canada. (UBC Press, January 2011, paperback: $32.95) My thought is that in addition to being an incredibly important historical record of the public and then private practice of executions in Canada, Ken Leyton-Brown’s… Read more »
By Kurt Heinrich John English, Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 1968-2000 (Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2010) trade paperback, 832 pp. Several weeks ago, I found myself standing in a non-descript office building on Robson Street in Vancouver. I was waiting for the elevator. I’d just come back from a lunch time reading of John English’s recent Trudeau… Read more »
By Mitch Primeau Karen Dubinsky’s book, The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls (Between the Lines, 1999, $29.95), is an ambitious work that explores the rise of mass tourism, the honeymoon, and heterosexuality in Niagara Falls from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. Dubinsky, a historian at Queen’s University, has written for the most… Read more »
April marks the one-year anniversary of this website. The steering committee of ActiveHistory.ca recently discussed the challenges and successes we have faced in our attempt over the past year to bridge the work of historians with a wider audience at Activism and the Academy: Struggles Against Hegemony, a two-day conference organized by the Graduate Women’s Studies Student Association at York… Read more »
By John Horn So, a wild buffalo, four twelve year old boys and Jenny the Alcoholic Bear walk into Joe Beef’s tavern in Montreal. Seriously. That really happened…in 1859. Regardless of when it was, I bet that the mechanical bull you rode last week doesn’t seem too cool anymore, does it? And this is why Canadian history doesn’t get much… Read more »