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The CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize


E.A. HeamanTax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

This book makes an original and compelling contribution to our knowledge of how the Canadian fiscal regime was created, reformed, and received by the State, one both framing and framed by the complex interplay of diverse sets of interests, ideas, and principles. While challenging previous notions of liberalism, founding ideals, nation-building, and federalism, this book enriches our understanding of how historical actors and ordinary people thought about property, poverty, and wealth. Heaman employs a comprehensive methodology informed by official documents from all levels of government as well as private correspondence, and periodical and other print media. Her analysis brings together the disparate regional visions of the new Dominion and highlights Canada’s transition from a fiscal imperial to a fiscal welfare state, a fundamental shift previously little explored.  A social history of politics grounded in the history of knowledge, this innovative, pragmatic, and thorough study will long be a reference for historians and students of modern Canada.

Shortlisted Books
Susan M. HillThe Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee Land Tenure on the Grand River.  Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2017.
Jeffers LennoxHomelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.
J.R. MillerResidential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts Its History.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.
Cecilia MorganTravelers through Empire: Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.