Acadiensis Press

Acadiensis is devoted to the study of the history of the Atlantic region, and remains the essential source for reading and research in this area. One of Canada’s leading scholarly journals, we publish: Research Articles – present original research by scholars in regional studies, including history, geography, political science, folklore, literature, sociology, economics, and other […]

Making Up the State

The latest original chapters in women’s studies from Atlantic Canada. While male policy-makers often “made it up” as they went along, an impressive number of women reformers, citizens and activists pushed for new ways of doing things. Fifteen contributors show how women in this region helped “make up” the modern state.

Studies in Maritime Literary History 1760-1930

From the early diarists and satirists to the women writers of the nineteenth century and the poetic Song Fishermen of the twentieth, Maritime writers have made distinctive responses to the social, political and geographical realities of their time. These essays reveal how the region’s writers have shaped and reflected the identity of the Maritimes.

Education of an Innocent

An informal personal history by one of the most respected and beloved regional historians of the Maritimes. Insights into schooling and society, family and church, the outdoors and the universities, all of which shaped his character and his work. Edited and introduced by former student Stephen Dutcher, and featuring a conversation with historian John G. Reid.

Calendar of Life in a Narrow Valley: Jacobina Campbell’s Diary, Taymouth, NB 1825-1843

Over the course of two decades, the ever-observant Jacobina Campbell coordinated the activities of a busy household and reported on the daily lives of family and neighbours. This remarkable woman’s diary introduces an early 19th-century community on the Nashwaak River where life and work were shaped by the seasonal rhythms of the farming-lumbering economy that came to characterize much of rural New Brunswick.

Land and Sea

An original exploration of the relationship between people and the environment in Atlantic Canada, from the native-settler interactions of the 17th century to the presentday challenges of resource depletion and economic renewal. Major themes focus on how people have explained and understood the natural world, what we have learned from experiments in conservation and management, and how we have responded to environmental crisis and change. This wide-ranging collection features contributors from all four provinces and beyond, and is edited and introduced by Claire Campbell and Robert Summerby-Murray of Dalhousie University. The final chapter is an eloquent survey of the region’s environmental history by the distinguished historical geographer Graeme Wynn, University of British Columbia.

Making Adjustments

Insights into the geopolitical forces transforming the Atlantic world in the late 18th century, from economics and politics to religion, literature, music and material culture. Still available at a new low price, this is an excellent companion to our most recent title in the Planter Studies series, Nova Scotia Planters in the Atlantic World.

Nova Scotia Planters in the Atlantic World 1760-1830

The early Maritime Provinces were at the centre of a struggle for supremacy in the Atlantic World – “ground zero in the battle of North America,” writes Jerry Banister of Dalhousie University. This is the latest in our classic series of Planter Studies on the social, economic, and cultural history of the region, reflecting the influence of the new “Atlantic World” scholarship while exploring the community structures, economies, loyalties, and religions of Planter Nova Scotia.

Pursuing Equality

The story of the women’s suffrage movement and other struggles for social reform in Canada’s oldest province. A pioneering work, originally published by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, now available again at a low price.

Separate Spheres

A best-selling anthology of original articles about the history of women in the Maritime Provinces. The traditional stereotypes surrounding Victorian womanhood are challenged by authors who tell us about farm women and black women, about women in classrooms, churches and factories, about women who struggled against family violence, defended their property rights, participated in public events and campaigned for social reform. Contributors include Rusty Bittermann, Gail Campbell, Janet Guildford, Phillip Girard, Rebecca Veinott, Hannah Lane, Bonnie Huskins, Suzanne Morton, Sharon Myers, Judith Fingard and Gwendolyn Davies.