Urban History Review

This journal publishes articles and research notes in the field of Canadian urban history.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1-2, June-October

Buying Prosperity: The Bonusing of Factories at the Lakehead, 1885-1914
Though Fort William and Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) used the full gamut of promotional tools to attract industry in the three decades before 1914, they relied most heavily on bonusing. Together they granted more money in bonuses to manufacturers...
Death in Victorian Toronto, 1850-1899
Abstract A study of the 24,124 deaths recorded in the burial registers of the Potter's Field Cemetery and the Necropolis from 1850 to 1899, indicates that Toronto, like other nineteenth-century cities, experienced very high mortality. The average...
Introduction: Trends and Questions in New Historical Accounts of Policing
Historical studies about aspects of urban life seldom recount the past with detachment from the concerns of the present. Some areas of inquiry about the past shield themselves from contemporary relevance, thereby risking a slide into antiquarianism....
Most Assuredly Perpetual Motion: Police and Policing in Quebec City, 1838-58
Abstract This paper examines the evolution of the structure and function of Quebec City's police force. Originally conceived as an instrument of British authority, it was remodelled along Utilitarian lines. Provincial and municipal authorities disputed...
Shawinigan Falls De 1898 a 1930: L'emergence D'une Ville Industrielle Au Sein Du Monde Rural
Abstract This paper deals with Shawinigan Falls, a town which appears in the early years of this century in a rural milieu thanks to an electricity production company, Shawinigan Water and Power Co. (SWP). This company not only attracted big manufacturing...
Social Control, Martial Conformity, and Community Entanglement: The Varied Beat of the Hamilton Police, 1895-1920
Abstract The aim of this inquiry into the composition and conduct of the Hamilton police force in the early twentieth century is to indicate the merit of certain historical criticisms of policing while modifying them with evidence about inefficiency...
The End of Imperial Town Planning in Upper Canada
Abstract In the years following the War of 1812 imperial officials, for reasons of strategic and domestic concern, founded a series of towns along the route from Kingston to the Ottawa River. Three of the "military settlements", Perth, Richmond...
The History of Policing in the Maritime Provinces: Themes and Prospects
Abstract This article is an overview of the development of policing in the Maritime provinces and a commentary on the potential of such research to augment our understanding of the urban past. Police records, it is argued, are important social indicators...
The Montreal Militia as a Social Institution before World War 1
In the years before World War 1, the proliferation of military statues (especially after the South African War), the construction of large and well appointed armouries, the presence of uniformed men and military bands at social and ceremonial occasions,...
To Love, Honour and Obey: Wife-Battering in Working-Class Montreal, 1869-79
Abstract This paper aims to reconstruct some of the causes and the context of wife-battering in Montreal between the years 1869-1879. It seeks to determine what the immediate causes were as well as the underlying factors that shaped these conflicts....
"We Shall Be as a City upon a Hill"
"We Shall Be as a City Upon a Hill": John Winthrop's Vision and the Urban History of New England "We Shall Be as a City Upon a Hill," Governor John Winthrop exhorted his fellow emigrants on the flagship Arabella shortly before the great Puritan...