A New Book of Harold Innis Writings: Harold Innis Reflects: Memoir & WWI Writings/Correspondence

13Oct16

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Harold Innis Reflects: Memoir & WWI Writings/ Correspondence

Edited by William J. Buxton; Michael R. Cheney & Paul Heyer –Foreword by Anne Innis Dagg

Offering fresh insight into the early life of Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952), this volume makes available a number of previously unpublished writings from the renowned Canadian economic historian and media scholar.

Part I, Innis’s autobiographical memoir, chronicles his farm-based family background, early education, military service during World War I, and the beginnings of what would become a distinguished academic career. Part II features a selection of correspondence during his military service, revealing both the pain and perceptions derived from that experience, and other war-related writings. It also includes “The Returned Soldier,” a detailed piece of research and a compassionate plea to recognize how the aftermath of the Great War would affect those who served as well as the individuals and institutions on the home front. Years before the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” was coined, Innis was acutely aware of the condition and suggested ways in which it might be treated. Other war-related items included are Innis’s first published article (dealing with the economics of the soldier) and a draft speech composed in the fall of 1918. All original materials have been extensively annotated to provide context for the contemporary reader and researcher. 

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers   –   Pages: 260Size: 7 1/2 x 10 1/2

 978-1-4422-7399-3 • Hardback • October 2016 • US $95.00 • CDN $124.00
978-1-4422-7400-6 • eBook • October 2016 • $94.99 • CDN $99.70
The price is high, especially in Canada, as is the case with academic books these days. There is nothing on media scholarship here, so the book will appeal to those wanting to better understand the University of Toronto scholar who first produced the early Canadian economic staples research and only late in life turned to communication scholarship, helping establish the foundations for a new academic field.
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Harold Innis canoeing on the Peace River, 1924

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