Business History, 2e
Canada in the Global Community

John Dwyer     

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-006-0 (2000)
614 pages, 820 g, 6 X 9, $49.50 (US$39.50)

Intended as a primary text for university and college courses on economic history and the history of Canadian business.

Business History provides Canadian university and college students with a lively and accessible introduction to economic history and to the history of Canadian business. The book attempts to shed light on the functional history of business, and the underlying reasons for the success of countries like England, America and Japan.

It covers Canadian business history from early Native-European contact up to and including globalization, and elucidates the thought of intellectuals such as Adam Smith, Thomas Ricardo, and John Maynard Keynes. Major developments in the evolution of business practice and education are described in detail including: the pre-market society, mercantilism, the rise of the market, utilitarianism, managerial capitalism, the Great Depression, the arsenal economy, the mixed economy, and the "Japanese Miracle." The book's attempt to address the issues and theories most relevant to business development in Canada-the staples theory, the evolution of the fur trade, railway construction, the grain and branch plant economies, the role of the Ottawa mandarins, and the rise of the regions.

The second edition has significantly exapanded Canadian content and features new chapters on the Scottish mercantilists in Canada, the Canada - Japan relationship, the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia. A new introduction and first chapter explore the historical reasons for Canada's recent competitive weaknesses. Additions to currently existing chapters include an analysis of William Grant's "Lament for a Nation."

Table of Contents   top



  1. Interpreting the History of Canadian Business
  2. Pre-Market Society
  3. Mercantilism and Colonization
  4. The Rise of Political Economy and the Market
  5. The Agricultural Base
  6. The Scottish Invasion of Canada
  7. Mechanization and the Economy
  8. The Canadian Experience of Capitalism
  9. The Origins of Modern Management
  10. Canadian Economic Development Between 1791 and 1867
  11. Capitalism, Criticism and Culture
  12. Railway Mania
  13. The Curious Case of the Fur Trade
  14. Grain and Global Economics
  15. The Making of the Managerial Class
  16. The Culture of Managerial Capitalism
  17. Capitalism in the Century of Total War
  18. Keynes and Canadian Capitalism
  19. The Revolt of the Regions
  20. Prairie Power and Entrepreneurial Politicians
  21. The Forestry Industry of British Columbia
  22. The Japanese Economic "Miracle"
  23. Ricardo Revisited
  24. The Evolution of Business Education
  25. Conclusion

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The book is complete with an instructor's manual that contains:

  • Answers to the questions in the book
  • Summary of the key concepts in each chapter
  • Suggestions for Student Assignments and Grading
  • Examination Templates

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