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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: University of Manitoba Press (Oct. 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887556841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887556845
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A lively account of Winnipeg's 'high noon,' a moment of great confidence that took place just as the balance was about to tip against the booming city." (Christopher Dafoe, author of Winnipeg: Heart of the Continent)

“Winnipeg 1912 was a pleasure and occasionally an inspiration.” (Desmond Morton University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 76.1, 2007.)

About the Author

Jim Blanchard is the Head of Reference Services at Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba. He is a former president of the Manitoba Historical Society and is the author of Winnipeg’s Great War: A City Comes of Age and Winnipeg 1912, and is the editor of A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society and the History of Western Canada.

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Looking back, it is hard to believe that in the first decade of the 1900s Winnipeg was the fastest growing city in North America. Where it not for the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, perhaps Winnipeg would truly have become the "Chicago of the North", given it's central location in the continent. But the author does point out that investment from Great Britain was drastically curtailed beginning in 1912 as the "Old Country" was diverting resources to prepare for the coming conflict with Germany, The Great War, as World War One as first known as. After the war, other Western Canadian cities, ie Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and especially the port city of Vancouver began their expansion, siphoning off the growth that Winnipeg almost exclusively experienced earlier in the century.
An interesting historical perspective. The only drawback is that photographs tell the story, and this book needs a lot more photographs.
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Lively and highly readable account of life in the Queen City of Prairies in the last year of the boom economy.
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HASH(0xb55f6738) out of 5 stars What might have been.... June 26 2008
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Looking back, it is hard to believe that in the first decade of the 1900s Winnipeg was the fastest growing city in North America. Where it not for the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, perhaps Winnipeg would truly have become the "Chicago of the North", given it's central location in the continent. But the author does point out that investment from Great Britain was drastically curtailed beginning in 1912 as the "Old Country" was diverting resources to prepare for the coming conflict with Germany, The Great War, as World War One as first known as. After the war, other Western Canadian cities, ie Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and especially the port city of Vancouver began their expansion, siphoning off the growth that Winnipeg almost exclusively experienced earlier in the century.
An interesting historical perspective. The only drawback is that photographs tell the story, and this book needs a lot more photographs.
HASH(0xb55fdaf8) out of 5 stars The in-depth story of Winnipeg Canada's growth within the context of a successive and prosperous economy March 14 2006
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Winnipeg 1912 by Jim Blanchard is the in-depth story of Winnipeg Canada's growth within the context of a successive and prosperous economy. Blanchard leads the reader though the great city during the height of its development, a time in which its population had nearly tripled in 40 years, the 170,000 population was largely made up of energetic youth, under the age of forty, and the cosmopolitan diversity had become Canada's liveliest city. Highly recommended to the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Canadian regional history, Winnipeg 1912 is an informative and interesting read for all.
HASH(0xb55fdb70) out of 5 stars The in-depth story of Winnipeg Canada's growth within the context of a successive and prosperous economy March 14 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Winnipeg 1912 by Jim Blanchard is the in-depth story of Winnipeg Canada's growth within the context of a successive and prosperous economy. Blanchard leads the reader though the great city during the height of its development, a time in which its population had nearly tripled in 40 years, the 170,000 population was largely made up of energetic youth, under the age of forty, and the cosmopolitan diversity had become Canada's liveliest city. Highly recommended to the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Canadian regional history, Winnipeg 1912 is an informative and interesting read for all.

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