Canadian Historical Review

Canadian Historical Review

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Founded in 1920 as Canada’s national history journal, the Canadian Historical Review focuses on publishing articles and book reviews examining the history of Canada, including imperial, transnational, and comparative perspectives. Otherwise, the journal’s objectives remain today fundamentally what they were almost a hundred years ago: to publish high-quality, authoritative, and innovative articles in both English and French, based on original research and sound methodology. These articles are to reflect the best of the diversity within Canadian historical scholarship while, at the same time, speaking to our broad readership. In addition to research articles and the broadest selection of book reviews on Canadian-related historical subjects, the journal also promotes scholarly dialogue and debate through “Forums,”  and “Historical Perspectives” features. These deal with methodological and historiographic questions that concern the diffusion of historical knowledge in the Canadian context from respectively either a single or multi-author perspective.

ISSN: 0008-375
E-ISSN: 1710-1093
GST Number: R132094343
CHR Editors

Mary-Ellen Kelm
is a Professor of History at Simon Fraser University. Her publications include: Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia, 1900-50 (1998) which won the Canadian Historical Association’s Sir John A. Macdonald Prize and A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada (2011). Her article, Manly Contests: Rodeo Masculinities at the Calgary Stampede,” won the CHR prize in 2009. Mary-Ellen's current work asks how the category of “Aboriginal health” as a subject of research has been constituted over time. She has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 2011-2016 and held a Canada Research Chair in Health, Medicine and Society from 2006-2016.

Dimitry Anastakis is a Professor of History at Trent University. His work addresses the intersection of the state, business and politics, particularly in post-1945 Canada. He has published eight books and collections, including "Death in the Peaceable Kingdom: Canadian History since Confederation through Murder, Execution, Assassination and Suicide"(2015), "Smart Globalization: The Canadian Business and Economic History Experience (2014)", "Autonomous State: The Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry (2013)". His work has also appeared in Business History Review, Michigan Historical Review, Labour/Le Travail, Acadiensis, and the Urban History Review. At Trent, Professor Anastakis was Chair of Canadian Studies (2011-14), and is a member of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.

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Book Review Editor
Don Wright
University of New Brunswick

CHR Editorial Board

Matthew Evenden
University of British Columbia

Benoit Grenier
Université de Sherbrooke

Matthew Hayday
University of Guelph

Mary-Ellen Kelm
Simon Frasier University

Mary Jane McCallum
University of Winnipeg

Antonia Pop
Journals Division, University of Toronto Press

Shirley Tillotson
Dalhousie University

CHR Advisory Board
Peter Baskerville, University of Victoria
Benoit Grenier, Université de Sherbrooke
Catherine Carstairs, University of Guelph
Claire Campbell, Bucknell University
Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Denyse Baillargeon, Université de Montréal
Dominique Marshall, Carleton University
Donald Fyson, Université Laval
John Lutz, University of Victoria
Penny Bryden, University of Victoria
Sasha Mullally, University of New Brunswick
Shirley Tillotson, Dalhousie University
Donald Wright, University of New Brunswick
Harold Bérubé, Université de Sherbrooke
Keith Carlson, University of Saskatchewan
Marcel Martel, York University
Alan MacEachern, University of Western Ontario
Catharine Wilson, University of Guelph
Michèle Dagenais, Université de Montréal
Joan Sangster, Trent University
Lianne McTavish, University of Alberta

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Access the full CHR Online Archive

CHR’s full collection of current and past articles are available at CHR Online. This comprehensive archive of Canadian history is fully searchable and includes thousands of articles, reviews, and commentaries written by some of Canada's most influential historians. With works dating back to 1897, CHR Online is an incredible resource that addresses the research needs of today's historians, professors, and students worldwide. Anyone with an interest in Canadian history will appreciate the quality and breadth of this collection. Thousands of articles, reviews, and commentaries await you at CHR Online and The Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada Online.

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The Canadian Historical Review is part of Project MUSE, a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers that provides full-text, affordable, and user-friendly online access to more than 300 high-quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from various scholarly publishers.

Commemorative Bibliography of WWI Scholarship *OPEN ACCESS*.
Canadian Historical Review is pleased to present this collection of WWI scholarship, collected from the archives of this well respected scholarly journal. All articles listed in the bibliography are open access and free to read

Canadian Historical Review - A Life in History/La vie d’historien

In December 2011, CHR launched a new series. ‘A Life in History’ features prominent members of the historical profession in Canada who have recently retired and invites them to reflect upon their very distinguished careers. Among other things, they have been asked to look back and consider what led them to become historians. They will also discuss the changes and continuities they have witnessed over the years in their respective fields and offer readers their assessment of the present ‘state of things.’ This new series is a regular feature of CHR and is of interest to a wide group of readers and leads to a creative and stimulating dialogue about the practice of Canadian history, both within and outside of the academy.

Articles in this informative new series have included

A History Teacher Looks Back by Ken Osborne
A Life between Geography and History by Cole Harris
Continuing Education: My Life as a Historian by C.J. Taylor
Defining Identities in Canada: Regional, Imperial, National By Phil Buckner
Histoire quand tu nous tiens by Jean-Claude Robert
Insérer les femmes dans l'histoire : le parcours d'une vie by Micheline Dumont
Is History Another Word for Experience? Morton's Confessions by Desmond Morton
It Was All about Me: Making History Relevant by Margaret Conrad
No One Becomes a Feminist to Be Appreciated by Wendy Mitchinson
Winding Trails: My Life in History by Alison Prentice
Workers and Soldiers: Adventures in History by Terry Copp

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Yesterday I took the train from Toronto to Ottawa and read the Dec 2010 issue of the CHR from cover to cover. I had to write and tell you how fantastic it was. The combination of the very focused first three pieces with the wide scope of the two review essays was perfect, but each article on its own I found very well written, engaging, insightful, and thought-provoking. And the book reviews were the icing on the cake. The only way the issue could have been more appealing is if some of the writing had been in French, but of course you have no control over that. It is a pleasure to have such incontrovertible evidence that Canadian history is thriving. Keep up the good work. - Philip Girard, CHR Subscriber

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CHR Prize
2013 – Sean Mills “Quebec, Haiti, and the Deportation Crisis of 1974

Previous prize winners include:

2012 - Jarret Rudy’s “Do You Have the Time? Modernity, Democracy, and the Beginnings of Daylight Saving Time in Montreal, 1907–1928
—- Tina Loo and Meg Stanley "An Environmental History of Progress: Damning the Peace and Columbia Rivers"
—- Mark Osborne Humphries "War's Long Shadow: Masculinity, Medicine, and the Gendered Politics of Trauma, 1914-1939"
—- Mary Ellen Kelm "Manly Contests: Rodeo Masculinities at the Calgary Stampede"
—- Bruce Curtis "The Most Splendid Pageant Ever Seen: Grandeur, the Domestic, and Condescension in Lord Durham's Political Theatre"
—- Sean Kheraj, "Restoring Nature: Ecology, Memory, and the Storm History of Vancouver's Stanley Park"
—- Lianne McTavish, "Learning to See in New Brunswick, 1862-1929"
—- Graham Carr, "Rules of Engagement: Public History and the Drama of Legitimation"
—- John F. Varty, "On Protein, Prairie Wheat, and Good Bread: Rationalizing Technologies and the Canadian State, 1912-1935"
—- Karen Jones, "Never Cry Wolf: Science, Sentiment, and the Literary Rehabilitation of Canis Lupus"
—- Carolyn Podruchny, "Baptizing Novices: Ritual Moments among French Canadian Voyageurs in the Montreal Fur Trade, 1780-1821"
—- Catharine Anne Wilson, "Reciprocal Work Bees and the Meaning of Neighbourhood"

Les Presses de l’Université de Toronto  ont le plaisir de remettre le Prix de la Canadian Historical Review pour l’année 2011 à Tina Loo et Meg Stanley pour leur article, An Environmental History of Progress: Damming the Peace and Columbia Rivers”,, apparaissant dans le numéro 92.3, et sélectionné par le Conseil éditoriale de la CHR comme le meilleur article paru dans le volume 92 de la revue.

The Contested Past: Reading Canada's History - Selections from the Canadian Historical Review
Edited by Marlene Shore
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

This collection of selected excerpts focuses on The Canadian Historical Review's contribution to the study of Canadian history from the journal's founding in 1920 to the present. Using the CHR's own interconnected objectives as a benchmark - the promotion of high standards of historical research and writing in Canada, and the fostering of the study of Canadian history - Marlene Shore analyses the varying degrees of success the journals had in meeting its those goals. Her introductory essay shows how the CHR was shaped not only by its own editorial policies, but by international currents affecting the discipline of history and its practitioners.
Publish in the Canadian Historical Review 

The Canadian Historical Review, Canada’s pre-eminent journal of Canadian history, is dedicated to publishing original scholarship of the highest scholarly standards in French and English. CHR welcomes articles from academics at any stage of their career, from Canada and beyond, to explore any aspect or period of Canadian history. We invite a broad range of topics, perspectives, and interpretive frameworks that offer an analysis of the ideas, people, and events that have molded Canadian society and its institutions into their present state. Comparative and transnational approaches to understanding Canada’s past are also welcome. 

The CHR publishes standard, full-length articles based on primary research. The publication time frame for articles submitted to the CHR is approximately thirteen months. Articles published in the CHR will automatically be considered for the journal’s annual ‘Best Article’ prize. Please submit your manuscript for any of the categories listed below:

Articles: Articles should be no more than 10,000 words in length with a maximum of 100 footnotes.

CHR Forum: Forum articles depart from the regular CHR article format as depicted above. These articles can be based on secondary rather than primary sources, and they can be historiographical or opinion pieces. To view the complete guidelines for submitting to The Forum, click here.

Research Notes and Comments
: CHR also welcomes the work of scholars in disciplines other than history who write about Canada from a historical perspective and use historical research methods. To view an example, see the Notes and Comments in volume 75, issue 4 ( Authors who wish to submit a research note or comment should follow CHR’s submission guidelines.

Book Reviews
: To be considered to contribute a book review to CHR, please sign up on PRESTO, our automated bilingual peer review management system. Sample book reviews can be viewed in volume 94, issue 4 ( and Book Review Guidelines can be viewed here

All manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word files and should follow CHR’s complete submission guidelines. All articles should include brief abstracts of 250–350 words, a list of 5–7 keywords, and a biographical statement for each author. For detailed information on submitting a manuscript to the Canadian Historical Review, please consult the Authors/Reviews section. For guidance on preparing your manuscript for submission, consult UTP’s Author Resource Kit:

All Canadian Historical Review manuscripts are submitted online through our online peer review management system PRESTO.

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The Canadian Historical Review is the oldest, and most prestigious,  peer reviewed history journal in Canada. The first issue of the CHR was published in 1920 but it had originated from an earlier publication Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada, which launched in 1897. Along with book and online resource reviews, the CHR publishes a variety of articles relating to Canadian history on a quarterly basis. Throughout the years, the CHR has published every historian of note in Canada.

Anyone with an interest in Canadian history will appreciate the quality and breadth of this collection. Thousands of articles, reviews, and commentaries await you at CHR Online and The Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada Online.The entire online archive is available for $6,500. Libraries retain perpetual access to the archive of this journal once purchased. If the library maintains a current subscription, there is no further fee. Otherwise, there is an annual fee of $50 to maintain the site. Discounts for multiple purchases and consortia are available.

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In response to the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications CHR has developed a plan to ensure our authors are able to comply with the policy. There are two flavours of open access allowed by the Tri-Agency - green and gold - and we have an option for both.

Green Open Access
Twelve (12) months after publication of the version of record (i.e., the article after copyediting, tagging, typesetting, etc.), the author may deposit a copy of the accepted article in their institutional repository. Please let us know when the deposit is made so that we can update our records.

Gold Open Access
At publication, the final version of record will become freely available on our primary platform, The Author Publication Charge is $3,000.

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