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Toronto: An Illustrated History of Its First 12,000 Years Paperback – Jun 15 2008

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lorimer (June 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552770079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552770078
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" accessible and enjoyable read, equally suited to both scholars and schoolchildren. ... With inspired text and a myriad of inviting photographs, paintings and images, Toronto: An Illustrated History of Its First 12,000 Years breathes life into the history of the city, creating images of past events on modern street corners and inviting the reader to imagine the city as it was without compromising everything Toronto is today." (Jennifer Birch Arch Notes 14 (1) 2009-01-01)

"All in all, a rapid, highly readable and thoroughly reliable work, a wonderful reminder of how present is Toronto's past and how important it is to the city's future."

(Ontario Historical Society Bulletin 2008-12-01)

"It is a comprehensive popular history that fills a gap in the existing literature about Toronto."

(Andrew Stewart 2008-12-11)

"This is a good scholarly work for collections dealing with history, urban development and planning, urban geography, urban studies of all kinds, and for collections that are strong in anthropological studies. The Illustrations and maps provide an important part of the book, making it also interesting for adult readers."

(David J. Bertuca Baseline (ALA) Vol. 29, No. 6 2008-12-01)

Andrew Stewart, heritage consultant, Toronto, Ontario, has some ideas for the Toronto history lover on your list:

"My nomination would be Toronto: An Illustrated History of Its First 12,000 Years edited by Ronald F. Williamson (Lorimer, 2008).

I suggest this book for several reasons:

* It is a comprehensive popular history that fills a gap in the existing literature about Toronto. In particular, it treats, seriously, the entire history of this place on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and not just the post-1750 history of Toronto. In other words, it gives equal treatment (in terms of scholarship and pages) to aboriginal (precontact) history instead of treating it as an afterthought (or before-thought). Some important information and images relating to precontact history derived from consultant archaeology -- not otherwise seen by most people -- is made available.

* It is written by scholars, writing in an accessible format and is well-edited to assure flow and consistent voice.

* It is beautifully layed-out and well-illustrated; nicely designed to be a modestly-sized and priced book (not an expensive weighty tome) -- making it even more attractive to a wider readership, including schools. Eminently giftable.

PS, despite the pitch, I had nothing to do with the book. I am simply a grateful reader -- one with a serious interest in the history of Toronto who recognizes a good thing."

(Andrew Stewart 2008-12-11)

About the Author

Editor Ron Williamson teaches anthropology at the University of Toronto. Chris Andreae is an industrial and transportation historian at the University of Western Ontario. Carl Benn is Chief Curator, City of Toronto Museum Services. Roger Hall is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and a history professor at UWO. Robert MacDonald is an archaelogist and teaches anthropology at the University of Waterloo.

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