Urban History Review

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

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring

Encounters, Contests, and Communities: New Histories of Race and Ethnicity in the Canadian City
Shortly after his arrival as an immigrant to Toronto's Little Italy, Vincenzo Pietropaolo became a student of the city's group life and its urban form. A childhood propensity for wandering about the city blossomed into a career photographing it, and...
Homeland Crisis and Local Ethnicity: The Toronto Irish and the Cartoons of the Evening Telegram 1910-1914
This article examines a critique of the "diasporic nationalism" affecting the Irish in Canada through the lens of Toronto, a key destination for Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century. Situated in the period of the third home rule bill and the...
Locating Diaspora: Afro-Caribbean Narratives of Migration and Settlement in Toronto, 1914-1929
This article examines the experiences of Afro-Caribbeans in Toronto in the early twentieth century. It identifies and analyzes the practices and processes of diaspora at the local level and considers ways in which discourses of community, nation, and...
Public Commemoration and Ethnocultural Assertion: Winnipeg Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation
The Canada-wide celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation was intended to promote the idea of a "new nationality" based on the linguistic and cultural dualism associated with Canada's two "founding races." The widespread participation of...
Solemn Processions and Terrifying Violence: Spectacle, Authority, and Citizenship during the Lachine Canal Strike of 1843
During the winter of 1843, over one thousand Irish migrant labourers hired to work on the expansion of the Lachine Canal near Montreal struck for higher wages. In the months that followed, they employed a range of public spectacles including nocturnal...
"Toronto Has No History!" Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Historical Memory in Canada's Largest City
In 1884, during a week-long commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Toronto's incorporation in 1834, tens of thousands celebrated Toronto's history and its relation to British colonialism and imperialism. The author's analysis of the historical...
Unpacking Settler Colonialism's Urban Strategies: Indigenous Peoples in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Transition to a Settler-Colonial City
This article uses settler colonialism as a specific analytic frame through which to understand the historical forces in the formation of settler cities as urbanizing polities. Arguing that we must pay attention to the intertwined histories of immigration...