The Canadian Historical Review (CHR) is a scholarly journal in Canada, founded in 1920 and published by the University of Toronto Press. The CHR publishes comprehensive periodicals with articles on the ideas, people, and events important to Canadian history, including reviews and detailed bibliographies of recent Canadian historical publications. The CHR covers all topics of Canadian history, ranging from Aboriginal issues to liberalism, to the First World War. The CHR has two major objectives: “to promote high standards of research and writing in Canada … and to foster the study of Canadian history.”
Canadian Historical Review publishes articles in both of Canada’s official languages, French and English. The Journal publishes both online and print versions, and subscribers can search for and read thousands of past publications via either CHR Online or Project MUSE.
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The Canadian Historical Review was founded at the University of Toronto in 1920 as a continuation of a previous journal, the Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada, itself founded by George Wrong, in 1897. The initiative to digitize the CHR's holdings includes material from this previous journal, and papers from as early as 1897 are available to subscribers online as a result.
The Canadian Historical Review's entries have changed as history and historiography itself have progressed. Marlene Shore’s The Contested Past: Reading Canada’s History – Selections from the Canadian Historical Review, tracks these changes, tracing major themes of the CHR chronologically: “Nation and Diversity, 1920-1939; War, Centralization; and Reaction, 1940-1965; The Renewal of Diversity, 1966 to present; and Reflections." The Contested Past also suggests that the key themes in Canadian history reflected by the CHR are “Native-European contact, society and war, the nature of Canadian and Quebec nationalism, class-consciousness, and gender politics."
The CHR's current Editors are Suzanne Morton and Jeffrey L. McNairn. Suzanne Morton, a Professor at McGill University since 1992, specializes in Social and Gender History of Canada. Jeffrey McNairn teaches nineteenth-century Canadian history at Queen’s University, with special interest in the history of Print, Liberalism, British imperialism and state-civil society relations.
The Editorial Board includes Liza Piper from the University of Alberta, Paige Raibmon from the University of British Columbia, Dimitry Anastakis from Trent University, Magda Fahrni from Universite de Quebec a Montreal, Heidi MacDonald from the University of Lethbridge, Anne Marie Corrigan from the Journals Division of the University of Toronto Press, and Steven Maynard (Book Review Editor) from Queen’s University.
Each year CHR awards a prize to their choice for best article of the year, known as the Canadian Historical Review Prize.
Winners include Sean Mills’s, “Quebec, Haiti, and the Deportation Crises of 1974” (94.3, September 2013), Jarrett Rudy’s, “Do You Have the Time? Modernity, Democracy, and the Beginnings of Daylight Saving Time in Montreal, 1907-1928”, and Tina Loo and Meg Stanley’s, “An Environmental History of Progress: Damning the Peace and Columbia Rivers.”