50 at 50

In honour of University of Manitoba Press’s 50th anniversary, we’re offering print copies of fifty select backlist titles at 50% off, all year long!

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  • A Great Restlessness

    The Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen

    Faith Johnston (Author)

    Dorise Nielsen was a pioneering feminist, a radical politician, the first Communist elected to Canada’s House of Commons, and the only woman elected in 1940. But despite her remarkable career, until now little has been known about her.

    Published October 2006 | History, Political Studies, Women’s Studies

  • A Thousand Miles of Prairie

    The Manitoba Historical Society and the History of Western Canada

    Jim Blanchard (Editor)

    A Thousand Miles of Prairie is a fascinating look at Manitoba’s early boom years (1880-1910) through the eyes and words of some of the most interesting personalities of early Winnipeg. This collection brings together fourteen pieces from the first decades of the Manitoba Historical Society, when its lectures were attended by the province’s political and cultural elite.

    Published October 2002 | History

  • Devil in Deerskins

    My Life with Grey Owl

    Anahareo (Author), Sophie McCall (Editor)

    A critical edition of the 1972 bestselling autobiography, Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl.

    Published April 2014 | First Voices, First Texts, Autobiography, History, Indigenous Studies

  • Ethnic Elites and Canadian Identity

    Japanese, Ukrainians, and Scots, 1919–1971

    Aya Fujiwara (Author)

    An intriguing study of the roles of ethnic community leaders in shaping Canada’s multiculturalism policy.

    Published September 2012 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History

  • For All We Have and Are

    Regina and the Experience of the Great War

    James M. Pitsula (Author)

    The First World War profoundly affected every community in Canada. In Regina, the politics of national identity, the rural myth, and the social gospel all lent a distinctive flavour to the city’s experience of the Great War. Skillfully combining vivid detail with the larger social context, For All We Have and Are provides a nuanced picture of how one Canadian community rebuilt both its realities and myths in response to the cataclysm of the “war to end all wars.”

    Published November 2008 | History, Military History

  • Forest Prairie Edge

    Place History in Saskatchewan

    Merle Massie (Author)

    A prairie history about life at the edge of the forest.

    Published April 2014 | Environmental Studies, History

  • Formidable Heritage

    Manitoba’s North and the Cost of Development, 1870 to 1930

    Jim Mochoruk (Author)

    Although climate and geography make our northern condition apparent, Canadians often forget about the north and its problems. Nevertheless, for the generation of historians that included Lower, Creighton, and Morton, the northern rivers, lakes, forests, and plains were often seen as primary characters in the drama of nation building. Jim Mochoruk shows how government and business worked together to transform what had been the exclusive fur-trading preserve of the Hudson’s Bay Company into an industrial hinterland.

    Published June 2004 | History

  • Imagined Homes

    Soviet German Immigrants in Two Cities

    Hans Werner (Author)

    Imagined Homes: Soviet German Immigrants in Two Cities is a study of the social and cultural integration of two migrations of German speakers from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union to Winnipeg, Canada in the late 1940s, and Bielefeld, Germany in the 1970s. Employing a cross-national comparative framework, Hans Werner reveals that the imagined trajectory of immigrant lives influenced the process of integration into a new urban environment.

    Published November 2007 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History

  • Imagining Winnipeg

    History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote

    Esyllt W. Jones (Author)

    In an expanding and socially fractious early twentieth-century Winnipeg, Lewis Benjamin Foote (1873-1957) rose to become the city’s pre-eminent commercial photographer. Imagining Winnipeg, prepared and introduced by award-winning historian Esyllt W. Jones, collects 150 Foote photographs from the more than 2,000 images in the Archives of Manitoba Foote Collection and challenges our understanding of visual history and the city we thought we knew.

    Published September 2012 | Art & Architecture, History

  • Indigenous Women, Work, and History


    Mary Jane Logan McCallum (Author)

    A modern history of Indigenous labour in the Canadian workforce.

    Published May 2014 | Critical Studies in Native History, History, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies

  • Invisible Immigrants

    The English in Canada since 1945

    Marilyn Barber (Author), Murray Watson (Author)

    Giving voice to the English immigrant.

    Published March 2015 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration

  • Lord Selkirk

    A Life

    J.M. Bumsted (Author)

    Thomas Douglas, the Fifth Earl of Selkirk (1770–1820), was a complex man of his times, whose passions left an indelible mark on Canadian history. The product of three decades of research, this is the definitive biography of Lord Selkirk. Bumsted’s passionate prose and thoughtful analysis illuminate not only the man, but also the political and economic realities of the British empire at the turn of the nineteenth century.

    Published November 2008 | History

  • Pauline Boutal

    An Artist’s Destiny, 1894-1992

    Louise Duguay (Author), S.E. Stewart (Translator)

    A rich artistic talent beautifully presented in this full-colour study.

    Published October 2015 | Art & Architecture, History

  • Perspectives of Saskatchewan

    Jene M. Porter (Editor)

    In Perspectives of Saskatchewan, twenty-one noted scholars present an in-depth look at some of the major developments in the province’s history, including subjects such as art, literature, demographics, politics, northern development, and religion.

    Published November 2008 | History

  • Piecing the Puzzle

    The Genesis of AIDS Research in Africa

    Larry Krotz (Author)

    A history of the first and longest running HIV/AIDS research team in Africa.

    Published May 2012 | History, Medical History

  • Place and Replace

    Essays on Western Canada

    Adele Perry (Editor), Esyllt W. Jones (Editor), Leah Morton (Editor)

    A multidisciplinary analysis of the Canadian West.

    Published February 2013 | History, Literary Criticism

  • Providence Watching

    Journeys from Wartorn Poland to the Canadian Prairies

    Kazimierz Patalas (Editor), Zbigniew Izydorczyk (Translator)

    At the start of the Second World War, Poland was invaded by both the German and the Soviet armies. After the war, Canada accepted over 4000 Polish immigrant soldiers and their families who did not want to return to a communist regime in their country. This book is a moving oral history of the experiences of forty-five individuals during that transition period between the outbreak of war and their eventual relocation in Canada.

    Published December 2003 | Ethnic Studies, History

  • Reporting the Resistance

    Alexander Begg and Joseph Hargrave on the Red River Resistance

    Alexander Begg (Author), J.M. Bumsted (Editor)

    Reporting the Resistance brings together two first-person accounts to give a view “from the ground” of the developments that shocked Canada and created the province of Manitoba. In 1869 and 1870, Begg and Hargrave were regular correspondents for the Toronto Globe and the Montreal Herald. They describe, often from very different perspectives, the events of the resistance, as well as give insider accounts of the social and political background. Largely unreprinted until now, this correspondence remains a relatively untapped resource for contemporary views of the resistance. These are the Red River’s own accounts, and are often quite different from the perspective of eastern observers.

    Published December 2003 | History

  • Rewriting the Break Event

    Mennonites and Migration in Canadian Literature

    Robert Zacharias (Author)

    A thoughtful and engaging argument that re-situates the discourse of migrant writing in Canada.

    Published October 2013 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration, Literary Criticism

  • Settlement, Subsistence, and Change Among the Labrador Inuit

    The Nunatsiavummiut Experience

    David C. Natcher (Editor), Lawrence Felt (Editor), Andrea Procter (Editor)

    The first significant publication on the Labrador Inuit in more than thirty years.

    Published May 2012 | Contemporary Studies on the North, History, Indigenous Studies

  • Sounds of Ethnicity

    Listening to German North America, 1850 - 1914

    Barbara Lorenzkowski (Author)

    Sounds of Ethnicity takes us into the linguistic, cultural, and geographical borderlands of German North America in the Great Lakes region between 1850 and 1914. Drawing connections between immigrant groups in Buffalo, New York, and Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, Barbara Lorenzkowski examines the interactions of language and music — specifically German-language education, choral groups, and music festivals—and their roles in creating both an ethnic sense of self and opportunities for cultural exchanges at the local, ethnic, and transnational levels.

    Published May 2010 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, History

  • Storied Landscapes

    Ethno-Religious Identity and the Canadian Prairies

    Frances Swyripa (Author)

    Storied Landscapes is a beautifully written, sweeping examination of the evolving identity of major ethno-religious immigrant groups in the Canadian West. Viewed through the lens of attachment to the soil and specific place, and through the eyes of both the immigrant generation and its descendants, the book compares the settlement experiences of Ukrainians, Mennonites, Icelanders, Doukhobors, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Jews, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes.

    Published October 2010 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History

  • The Patriotic Consensus

    Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg

    Jody Perrun (Author)

    Winnipeg’s response to the Second World War.

    Published September 2014 | History, Military History

  • The Search for a Socialist El Dorado

    Finnish Immigration to Soviet Karelia from the United States and Canada in the 1930s

    Alexey Golubev (Author), Irina Takala (Author)

    The untold story of the founding and subsequent destruction of a Finnish socialist community in the Soviet Union.

    Published March 2014 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration

  • The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause

    Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko

    Orest T. Martynowych (Author)

    The colourful life of a charismatic champion of Ukrainian independence.

    Published October 2014 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration, Performing Arts

  • Thomas Scott’s Body

    And Other Essays on Early Manitoba History

    J.M. Bumsted (Author)

    What did happen to the body of Thomas Scott? The disposal of the body of Canadian history’s most famous political victim is the starting point for historian J.M. Bumsted’s new look at some of the most fascinating events and personalities of Manitoba’s Red River Settlement. By looking at well-known figures from a new perspective, and by examining some of the more obscure corners of the settlement’s history, Bumsted challenges many of the widely held assumptions about Red River.

    Published November 2000 | History

  • Transnational Radicals

    Italian Anarchists in Canada and the U.S., 1915–1940

    Travis Tomchuk (Author)

    Fleeing repression at home and abroad, Italian anarchists established strength through transnationalism.

    Published March 2015 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration

  • Travelling Passions

    The Hidden Life of Vilhjalmur Stefansson

    Gisli Palsson (Author), Keneva Kunz (Translator)

    Vilhjalmur Stefansson has long been known for his groundbreaking work as an anthropologist and expert on Arctic peoples. His three expeditions to the Canadian Arctic in the early 1900s, as well as his expertise in northern anthropology, helped create his public image as an heroic, Hemingway-esque figure in the annals of twentieth-century exploration. Travelling Passions sheds new light on Stefanssonís life and work, focussing on the tension between his private life and the theories that brought his name to the halls of fame.

    Published September 2005 | History

  • Winnipeg’s Great War

    A City Comes of Age

    Jim Blanchard (Author)

    Winnipeg’s Great War picks up in 1914, just as the city is regrouping after a brief economic downturn. War comes unexpectedly, thoughts of recovery are abandoned, and the city digs in for a hard-fought four years. Using letters, diaries, and newspaper reports, Jim Blanchard brings us into the homes and public offices of Winnipeg and its citizens to illustrate the profound effect the war had on every aspect of the city, from its politics and economy, to its men on the battlefield and its war-weary families fighting on the homefront.

    Published September 2010 | History, Military History

  • Young, Well-Educated, and Adaptable

    Chilean Exiles in Ontario and Quebec, 1973-2010

    Francis Peddie (Author)

    Chileans exiled following Pinochet’s coup make homes in Canada.

    Published September 2014 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration