Powering Up Canada: A History of Power, Fuel, and Energy from 1600. Edited by R. W. Sandwell. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016: ISBN 978-0-7735-4786-5

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Why write a history of energy and power in Canada? Few societies have been more recently and thoroughly altered by the shift form low to high consumption or consumer more energy per capita. So the economic and environmental implications of Canadian energy production and consumption are surely global, and therefore of broad interest. However, the goals of this edited volume of essays, organized around a symposium held in 2013 under the auspices of the Network in Canadian History and Environment, are decidedly closer to home. Intended as a corrective to the supposed dearth of studies of Canadian energy and near-invisibility of energy in Canadian historiography, this volume attempts what symposium organizer R. W. Sandwell refers to as a fine-grained analysis of the role of all energy forms in every aspect of Canadian life from the earliest days of European colonization until the present.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-863
Number of pages3
JournalBusiness History Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2018


  • Canada
  • Canadian power consumption
  • fuel

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