Best Book in Political History Prize
Mark Kuhlberg, In the Power of the Government: The Rise and Fall of Newsprint in Ontario, 1894-1932. UTP, 2015.
In a forcefully argued study of the relationship between the provincial state and the pulp and paper manufacturing industry in Ontario between 1894 and 1932, Mark Kuhlberg challenges the long-standing thesis of H.Viv Nelles that public ownership of crown resources in Canada led the state to promote rather than regulate development, “thereby sacrificing what could generally be defined as ‘the public interest’” (p.4). The book stands out for the originality of its argument and the truly prodigious amount of research that informs it.