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Problems of Staple Production in Canada

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952)

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Title:Problems of Staple Production in Canada
Innis, Harold Adams   
(13 of 16 for author by title)
Roman Law and the British Empire
The Press: A Neglected Factor in the Economic History of the Twentieth Century
Published:   1933
Publisher:The Ryerson Press
Tags:Canada, Canadiana, economics, non-fiction

This volume contains eight essays, seven of which have been printed elsewhere. As the title of the book indicates, Professor Innis is concerned throughout with the problems which have confronted a country engaged in the production of fur, wheat, lumber, wood products, and minerals. In order to market these commodities a transportation system has had to be built up, and here the governmnt has come in. There are chapters on the Canadian Pacific Railway, on federal and provincial railways, as well as a suggestive chapter on “Transportation as a Factor in Canadian Economic History.” In conclusion, the difficulties occasioned by the depression are surveyed. “In some sense,” Professor Innis declares, “this is Canada’s first serious depression.”. Previously, exploitation of virgin resources and heavy imports of capital, especially by governments, have brought about quick recovery. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Innis, Harold Adams

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Harold Adams Innis (November 5, 1894 to November 8, 1952) was a Canadian professor of political economy.

Excerpts from The Canadian Encyclopedia:

Harold Adams Innis, political economist and pioneer in communication studies ... Innis's earlier writings in economics and economic history gave rise to a distinctively Canadian approach to these subjects, and his later attempts to analyse the crisis in Western civilization led the way to a new emphasis on the importance of different modes of COMMUNICATIONS for understanding the nature and development of a society.

To a considerable extent, the detachment of our contemporary Canadian academic community from political involvement derives from his attitudes and efforts.

In drawing attention to the impact of the media of communications on the extent and duration of a civilization, Innis's communications researches culminated his lifelong attempt to explain the interpenetration between Canada and Western civilization.

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