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Immigration

Reconstructions of Canadian Identity

Towards Diversity and Inclusion

Vander Tavares (Editor), Maria João Maciel Jorge (Editor)

In 1971, Canada became the first nation in the world to officially declare its bilingual and multicultural policies. This incisive collection examines what has changed over the past fifty years, highlighting the lived experiences of minoritized Canadians and offering insights into the critical work that lies ahead.

Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir (Editor), Höskuldur Thráinsson (Editor), Úlfar Bragason (Editor)

Icelandic Heritage in North America offers an in-depth examination of Icelandic immigrant identity, linguistic evolution, and legacy.

Gifts from Amin

Ugandan Asian Refugees in Canada

Shezan Muhammedi (Author)

The first major oral history project dedicated to the stories of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada, Gifts from Amin explores the historical context of their 1972 expulsion from Uganda, the multiple motivations behind Canada’s decision to admit them, and their resilience over the past fifty years.

Being German Canadian

History, Memory, Generations

Alexander Freund (Editor)

Being German Canadian explores how multi-generational families and groups have interacted and shaped each other’s integration and adaptation in Canadian society, focusing on the experiences, histories, and memories of German immigrants and their descendants.

Communal Solidarity

Immigration, Settlement, and Social Welfare in Winnipeg’s Jewish Community, 1882–1930

Arthur Ross (Author)

Arthur Ross’s study of the formation of Winnipeg’s Jewish community is not only the first history of the societies, institutions, and organizations Jewish immigrants created, it reveals how communal solidarity shaped their understanding of community life and the way decisions should be made about their collective future.

Jan Raska (Author)

Jan Raska’s Czech Refugees in Cold War Canada explores how these newcomers joined or formed ethnocultural organizations to help in their attempts to affect developments in Czechoslovakia and Canadian foreign policy towards their homeland.

Horse-and-Buggy Genius

Listening to Mennonites Contest the Modern World

Royden Loewen (Author)

The history of the twentieth century is one of modernization, a story of old ways being left behind. Many traditionalist Mennonites rejected these changes, especially the automobile, which they regarded as a symbol of pride and individualism. They became known as a “horse-and-buggy” people.

Holocaust Survivors in Canada

Exclusion, Inclusion, Transformation, 1947-1955

Adara Goldberg (Author)

In the decade after the Second World War, 35,000 Jewish survivors of Nazi persecution and their dependants arrived in Canada. This was a watershed moment in Canadian Jewish history. Goldberg reveals the challenges in responding to, and recovering from, genocide from the perspective of “new Canadians” themselves.

Transnational Radicals

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

Travis Tomchuk (Author)

Italian anarchism emerged in the latter half of the nineteenth century, during that country’s long and bloody unification. Often facing economic hardship and political persecution, many of Italy’s anarchists migrated to North America. Transnational Radicals examines the transnational anarchist movement that existed in Canada and the United States.

Invisible Immigrants

The English in Canada since 1945

Marilyn Barber (Author), Murray Watson (Author)

Despite being one of the largest immigrant groups contributing to the development of modern Canada, the story of the English has been all but untold. In Invisible Immigrants, Barber and Watson document the experiences of English-born immigrants who chose to come to Canada during England’s last major wave of emigration.

Young, Well-Educated, and Adaptable

Chilean Exiles in Ontario and Quebec, 1973-2010

Francis Peddie (Author), Royden Loewen (Series Editor)

The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause

Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko

Orest T. Martynowych (Author)

The Search for a Socialist El Dorado

Finnish Immigration from the United States and Canada to Soviet Karelia 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.

Rewriting the Break Event

Mennonites and Migration in Canadian Literature

Robert Zacharias (Author)

Drawing on recent work in diaspora studies, Rewriting the Break Event offers a historicization of Mennonite literary studies in Canada, followed by close readings of five novels that rewrite the Mennonite break event through specific strains of emphasis, including a religious narrative, ethnic narrative, trauma narrative, and meta-narrative.

The Constructed Mennonite

History, Memory, and the Second World War

Hans Werner (Author)

One man, four identities, and a son's quest to reconcile the public and private lives of his Mennonite father in WWII.

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 including Ukrainians, Mennonites, Icelanders, Doukhobors, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Jews, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes.

Families, Lovers, and their Letters

Italian Postwar Migration to Canada

Sonia Cancian (Author)

In a micro-analysis of 400 private letters, Families, Lovers, and their Letters examines the experiences of Italian migrants to Canada and their loved ones left behind in Italy following the Second World War, when the largest migration of Italians to Canada took place.

Sounds of Ethnicity

Listening to German North America, 1850 - 1914

Barbara Lorenzkowski (Author)

Drawing connections between immigrant groups in Buffalo, New York, and Kitchener, Ontario, Barbara Lorenzkowski examines the interactions of 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.