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List of shortlisted books for the 2015 Garneau, Macdonald and Ferguson prizes

Published on March 18, 2015

The CHA is pleased to publicise the shortlists for its François-Xavier Garneau Medal, awarded every five years, it is the most prestigious of the CHA prizes and honours an outstanding Canadian contribution to historical research; the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, given to the non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to the understanding of the Canadian past, the prize is sponsored by Manulife Financial in the amount of $5,000; and the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize, which recognises the outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history.  There prizes will be announced at the CHA Annual Meeting at the University of Ottawa on June 2. This year’s shortlisted books are (in alphabetical order):


Bettina Bradbury, Wife to Widow: Lives, Laws, and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Montreal. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.

Béatrice Craig, Backwoods Consumers & Homespun Capitalists: The Rise of a Market Culture in Eastern Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Nicholas Terpstra, Lost Girls: Sex and Death in Renaissance Florence. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Joy Parr, Sensing Changes: Technologies, Environments, and the Everyday, 1953-2003. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010.

Leslie A. Robertson et al. Standing Up with Gaxstaas: Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church and Custom. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012.



Jean Barman, French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014.

Jennifer L. Bonnell, Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Nicolas Kenny, The Feel of the City: Experiences of Urban Transformation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Ian Milligan, Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014.

Brian Young, Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.



Rachel Hope Cleeves, Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Yanni Kotsonis, States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and Early Soviet Republic. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Felice Lifshitz, Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia: A Study of Manuscript Transmission & Monastic Culture. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.

Susan Nance, Entertaining Elephants: Animal Agency and the Business of the American Circus. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Yiching Wu, The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.

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