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Winnipeg 1912 [Paperback]

Jim Blanchard
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Oct. 30 2005
At the beginning of the last century, no city on the continent was growing faster or was more aggressive than Winnipeg. No year in the city’s history epitomized this energy more that 1912, when Winnipeg was on the crest of a period of unprecedented prosperity. In just forty years, it had grown from a village on the banks of the Red River to become the third largest city in Canada. In the previous decade alone, its population had tripled to nearly 170,000 and it now dominated the economy and society of western Canada. As Canada’s most cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse centre, with most of its population under the age of forty, it was also the country’s liveliest city, full of bustle and optimism.
     In Winnipeg 1912 Jim Blanchard guides readers on a tour through this golden year when, as the Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “all roads lead to Winnipeg.” Beginning early New Year’s Day, as the city’s high society rang in 1912 at the Royal Alexandra Hotel, he visits the public and private side of the “Chicago of the North.” He looks into the opulent mansions of the city’s new elite and into its political backrooms, as well as into the crowded homes of Winnipeg’s immigrant North End. From the excited crowds at the summer Exhibition to the turbulent floor of the Grain Exchange, Blanchard gives us a vivid picture of daily life in this fast-paced city of new millionaires and newly arrived immigrants. Richly illustrated with more than seventy period photographs, Winnipeg 1912 captures a time and place that left a lasting impression on Canadian history and culture.
 

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"This is a wonderful book. Blanchard has made a very significant contribution to the history of Winnipeg and the Prairie West." -- Manitoba History Magazine, Feb. 2006

“This is a well-researched and lively account of a crucial year in Canadian history.” -- –Christopher Dafoe, author of Winnipeg: Heart of the Continent

About the Author

Jim Blanchard is the Head of Reference Services at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba.


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3.0 out of 5 stars What might have been.... Feb. 12 2008
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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3.0 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.
5.0 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.
5.0 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
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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