Below find the abstract and readings for our next meeting, which will take place Thursday, October 18 at 8:30 at Jane Manners’s home (email me for directions). These exciting readings were compiled by visiting grad student Mark Sholdice, from the University of Guelph. See if you can catch the authentic Canadian spellings…
Hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, look for a synopsis of the discussion here to follow.
For some time, studies of political economy have formed a major part of Canadian historiography. In the 1930s, pioneering economists like W.A. Mackintosh and Harold Innis developed the “Staples Thesis” to explain the country’s unique economic, political, and social development. The key export staples (fish, fur, and timber) were seen to have provided the basis for the relatively strong Canadian state and even to have been the basis for Canadian identity itself. The Staples Thesis was further revised by J.M.S. Careless in the 1950s, who posited, with his “Metropolitan Thesis”, that metropolitan centres
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