Halifax: The First 250 Years

by Judith Fingard, Janet Guildford, and David Sutherland

Three distinguished authors tell the story of Halifax, from its beginnings as a British settlement to counter the French establishment at Louisbourg, to its present-day status as one of Canada's most appealing cities.

For more than two and a half centuries Halifax has experienced both war and peace, growing from a frontier outpost to one of Canada's most appealing and forward-looking cities.

For many years the fate of the city was determined by the rivalries among Britain, France, and the United States: conflict meant prosperity for Halifax in 1812 and again during the U.S. Civil War. During the Victorian era Halifax enjoyed lively commerce and manufacturing and an active and progressive social and cultural life. The early decades of the twentieth century, punctuated by economic depression, world war and the devastation of the 1917 Explosion, were difficult for the city. It was not until the 1960s that Halifax started to prosper again, its growth fuelled by government policies and trends favouring urbanization.

Halifax: The First 250 Years brings together extensive research into the diversity of the city's development with more than 300 illustrations, many in colour, providing a vivid portrait of the city and its diverse residents through the years.

About the Authors

Judith Fingard

JUDITH FINGARD taught history until recently at Dalhousie University. She is the author of several books on Halifax history including The Dark Side of Life in Victorian Halifax.

Janet Guildford

JANET GUILDFORD teaches history at St. Mary’s University and, until recently, at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is co-editor of the book Separate Spheres: Women’s Worlds in the 19th Century Maritimes.

David Sutherland

DAVID SUTHERLAND teaches history at Dalhousie and contributed many entries to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. He has published many articles on aspects of Halifax history.

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