Books and Journal Issues


Wightman, Robert, Nancy Wightman, and Michel S. Beaulieu. The Promise of New Ontario: Northeastern Ontario’s Resource Development. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Under contract.

The Promise of New Ontario explores the history of one of Canada’s largest and most complex regions. This work examines Northeastern Ontario’s past through the desires and activities of the people who have inhabited it, with a particular emphasis on the role of natural resources and their influence on its development. The story laid out in this book chronicles the economic, political, and social history of the region while also highlighting the key events and individuals that characterized various periods.


Beaulieu, Michel S., Ronald N. Harpelle, and Chris Southcott, eds. The Impact of Development: Single Industry Communities and Capital Mobility, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Under contract. 

The Impact of Development is an edited collection that has evolved from two SSHRC funded projects which have sought to understand how communities in the north now facing questions about their futures ensure that they will not repeat past mistakes and how do communities experiencing the resource boom for the first time avoid these same mistakes?  This volume provides perspectives on these questions through both a northern regional and international approach, including attention given to the past, current, and future role of Indigenous communities. A major consideration is the place of northern economies in a changing world where competition comes from the southern hemisphere. 

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Beaulieu, Michel S., David K. Ratz, Thorold J. Tronrud, and Jenna L. Kirker. Thunder Bay and the First World War, 1914-1919. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2018. 232 pages 

  • Winner of the 2019 M. Elizabeth Arthur Award for the best book on the history of Northwestern Ontario

Thunder Bay and the First World War, 1914- 1919
is a narrative history shaped, in large part, by what remains of the voices of those from the period—the letters and correspondence produced by soldiers, nurses, governments, organizations, and families. Their stories are augmented, particularly on the home front, by the remaining archival records. The book seeks to understand the role the region and its people played during the war in a broader context and, for better and for worse, why and how they fought, how they addressed the problems the war created, where they differed from elsewhere in Canada, and what impacts the conflict had on their community and their lives. It is the story of a community at war.


"A timely and worthy addition to the canon of commemorative First World War histories... a highly readable, fast-paced account that will appeal both to general audiences and to academics alike, and certainly deserves a spot on the library shelf of all Canadian military historians."  ~ Patrick M. Dennis, OMM, CD, Colonel (Ret'd), Adjunct Associate, Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies, in Ontario History CXI, no 2 (2019): 231-233.

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Beaulieu, Michel S., David K. Ratz, and Ronald N. Harpelle, eds. Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018. 252 pages

Above the entrance to the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay is the motto labor omnia vincit – "hard work conquers all" – reflecting the dedication of the Finnish community in Canada. Hard Work Conquers All examines Finnish community building in Canada during the twentieth century. Waves of immigrants imbued the relationship between people, homeland, and host country with the politics, ideologies, and cultural expressions of their time. This collection of essays explores the cultural identities of Finnish Canadians, their ties to Finland, intergenerational cultural transfer, and the community's connections with socialism and labour movements. It offers new interpretations of the influence of Finnish immigration on Canada.


""The articles situate the story of Finnish Canadians into the wider social history of Canada and North American immigration. The choice of topics explored in the book reflect this goal, focusing on under-researched areas that cover a wide range of Finnish Canadians’ experiences [...] Hard Work Conquers All scours the depths of available materials to reveal a fuller picture of Finnish-Canadian life, one that can be difficult to study given the small number of North Americans able to read or understand spoken Finnish [...] Hard Work Conquers All will make a strong addition to reading lists in Finnish Studies and Canadian immigration history."  ~ Aaron Goings, Tampere University, in Labour/Le Travail 84 (Fall 2019): 345-347,

"Hard Work Conquers All is a step forward in research into the experiences of Finns in North America. It is highly recommended for any scholar interested in Canadian history and the history of Nordic immigration [...] I hope that it will pave the way for further studies on Finnish Canadians as this topic definitely needs more attention." ~ Roman Kushnir, University of Jyväskylä, in American Studies in Scandinavia 51, no 1 (2019): 118-120."

"Beaulieu ja kumppanit eivät lukittaudu tutkimaan pelkkää maahanmuuttovaihetta tai siirtolaisuutta vaan katse kiinnittyy myös myöhempien sukupolvien elämään. Tämä on huomattava etu verrattuna amerikansuomalaisuuden tutkimusen valtavirtaan tutkimuksen valtavirtaan, jossa fokus on pääosin uuteen maahan asettautumisen näkökulmissa ja vain ohuelti myöhempien sukupolvien tekemisissä; näin on etenkin suomalaisessa tutkimustraditiossa [...] Kokonaisuutena Hard Work Conquers All on onnistunut teos, joka toivottavasti pitää yllä Kanadaan ja kanadansuomalaisuuteen liittyvää tukimusintressiä jatkossakin [...] Pohjois-Amerikkan kohdistuvan historiallisen suomalaisuustukimuksen saralla teos on ehdottomasti vuoden 2018 tärkeimpiä julkaisuja." ~ Jari Nikkola, Turun Yliopisto (Turku University), in Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 1 (2019): 108-109.

"Today, there are roughly 130,000 people of Finnish origin or descent in Canada. Hard Work Conquers All is their story. It tells of the early community, its struggles, passions (wrestling!) and achievements. This clever selection of diverse and intriguing aspects of the Finnish-Canadian culture and experience adds a valuable, specifically Finnish chapter to the larger history of immigration to Canada." ~ Kate MacFarlane, Parks Canada, in Manitoba History 88 (Winter 2018): 35-36.

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Henriksson, Markku, Michel S. Beaulieu, Carmen Pekkarinen, and Mari-Anna Suurmunne, eds. Canada-Finland, Celebrating 2017: "A brave. hospitable, and altogether admirable people." Helsinki: Suomi-Kanada-seura/Finnish-Canadian Society and Embassy of Canada to Finland, 2017. 266 pages

Canada–Finland relations span all facets of modern society, yet these relations date back hundreds of years. From Finnish exploration of Canadian flora and fauna in the 1740s through the various waves of Finnish immigration to Canada, the two countries share a rich, diverse past. From forestry to hockey and ringette, from technology to literature and film, from a shared experience as arctic, bilingual nations with large neighbours, the two countries enjoy a dynamic relationship and friendship. 2017 is a milestone year for Canada and Finland – Canada 150, Finland 100, and 70 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. This book celebrates the remarkable people who have shown leadership, ingenuity, and perseverance in bringing the two countries closer through scientific cooperation, educational exchange, political and economic engagement, and through cultural and sporting achievements.


Zimmermann, Ernest Robert. Completed and edited by Michel S. Beaulieu and David K. Ratz. The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canadian Internment Camp R. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2015. 384 pages

  • Winner of the 2017 M. Elizabeth Arthur Award for the best book on the history of Northwestern Ontario
  • Honorable Mention, 2016 Floyd S. Chalmers Award for best book on Ontario History
  • Winner of the Editors' Association of Canada's 2015 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence

For 18 months during the Second World War, the Canadian military interned 1145 prisoners of war in Red Rock, Ontario (about 100 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay). "Camp R" held an unlikely assortment of German prisoners: Nazis, anti-Nazis, Jews, soldiers, merchant seamen, and refugees whom Britain feared might comprise Hitler's rumoured "fifth column" of alien enemies residing within the Commonwealth. For the first time and in riveting detail, the author illuminates the conditions of one of Canada's forgotten POW camps. Through interviews and meticulous archival research, Zimmermann fleshes out this rich history. Written in an accessible, lively style, The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior will captivate military and political historians as well as non-specialists interested in the history of POWs and internment in Canada.


"This book is an important addition to an under researched area of Canadian and British history." ~ Richard A. Hawkins, University of Wolverhampton, in British Journal of Canadian Studies 30, no. 2 (2017): 251.

"... a rich and nuanced portrait of a camp that is too often overlooked in our studies of wartime Canada." ~ Geoffrey Hayes, University of Waterloo, in Canadian Journal of History 52, no. 1 (Spring–Summer/printemps–été 2017): 162-163.

"... the first detailed and rather complete description of one of the Canadian internment camps opened during World War II to receive prisoners of war... The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior also reveals in bold letters that Canadians reacted differently in times of war and proved more likely under threat to ignore the simple arguments of reason and good judgement." ~ Pierre Anctil, University of Ottawa, in University of Toronto Quarterly 86, no.3 (Summer 2017): 162-164.

"In this well-researched study, Zimmermann describes not only Camp R, but the inmates, guards, military command structure, politicians, and general political environment in Canada and Britain... offers an important study of the unjust imprisonment of German and Austrian refugees during World War II. The ...  analysis encompasses Canadian and British history, making it of interest to a wide audience. It can also serve as a comparison to the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States. The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior sets a high standard for future research into civilian internment camps."  ~ Anna Marie Anderson, University of Houston, in The Journal of Military History 80, no. 4 (October 2016): 1259-1261.

"A fascinating look into the politics of wartime internment camps and the role Canada played as host to the unique group of internees at Camp R."  ~ Sandy Klowak in Canada's History Magazine (August-September 2016): 61-62.

"By chronicling this in depth, Zimmerman’s study contributes to a deeper understanding of this significant page of history of Canadian participation in the Second World War… The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior is highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of Canadian participation in the Second World War and the question of civilian internees." ~ Jean-Michel Turcotte, Université Laval, in Canadian Military History, 8 August 2016.

"While Zimmermann discusses aspects of camp life, food, recreation, security, and life behind barbed wire, I found his analysis of British-Canadian negotiations and relations to be the most compelling part of his account [...] an engaging introduction for future studies on Canadian internment operations during the Second World War." ~ Michael O'Hagan, Western University, in Ontario History CVIII, no. 2 (Autumn 2016): 279-280.

"An impressive work of seminal scholarly research utilizing original source materials, "The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canadian Internment Camp R" is a substantial and unique contribution that is very highly recommended for academic library 20th Century Canadian History reference collections in general, and World War II supplemental studies reading lists in particular." ~ Paul T. Vogel in The Midwest Book Review (November 2015).

"Most of us have an image of what prisoner of war camps looked like, either from documentary footage about Nazi POW camps, or feature films about World War ll, or television situation comedies. The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior shatters all of those stereotypes and, through diligent assembly of public records, multiple library archives and personal interviews, gives us a in-depth picture of a Canadian internment camp.” ~ Michael Sabota, Chronicle Journal, 8 November 2015

“Hitler’s publicist once spent the winter in Red Rock, Ont., humming the Horst Wessel Song and cursing his fate. In the carnival of Canadian oddities, none is more curious than The Little Third Reich On Lake Superior.” ~ Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter, 3 October 2015.

“In this cleverly titled book, Zimmermann details life in one small, remote camp on Lake Superior to show unique origins and to criticize persons and procedures of Canada’s internment program.”  ~ G. H. Davis, Georgia State University, CHOICE Magazine

"The firsthand accounts collected through interviews over the years alone make The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canadian Internment Camp R an important addition to the literature, providing a much better understanding about life in a Canadian internment camp.” ~ Research Matters

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Beaulieu, Michel S. Celluloid Dreams: An Illustrated History of Early Film at the Lakehead, 1900-1931. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2012. 100 pages

  • Winner of the 2015 Gertrude H. Dyke Award for best popular book on the history of Northwestern Ontario

In a frontier region of Canada better known for its role in the fur trade and lumber industry, and where its citizens clung to the last vestiges of the British Empire, a love-affair with cinema developed. Celluloid Dreams explores how films made in or about the Thunder Bay, Ontario region between 1892 and 1931 not only parallels the development of film in Canada, but challenges the traditional interpretation of the early years of production in the country and reveals that, for many, film was the natural medium to promote their communities. The films produced in Northwestern Ontario also serve as visual records of the region's social and cultural development during the first decades of the twentieth century.

"… an entertaining and attractively produced new book, Michel Beaulieu of Lakehead University explains the impetus for local movie making and describes the first forays into the business and art of film production… The abundant illustrations make the book appealing not only as an historical record but also as a coffee-table book for anyone interested in film, a category that includes just about everyone.” ~ Deborah de Bakker, Chronicle Journal, 16 December 2012

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Harpelle, Ronald N. and Michel S. Beaulieu, eds. Pulp Friction: Communities and the Forest Industry in a Globalized World. Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 2012. 290 pages

William Lyon Mackenzie King once observed about Canada that, "if some countries have too much history, we have too much geography." This is true of Northern Ontario, where the boreal forest covers 40 million hectares and small towns are the norm. However, Northern Ontario's economy has been hard hit over the past several years, resulting in significant job losses in the forest industry and major economic and social shifts. While most studies of globalization focus on industrial cities in densely populated regions like Southern Ontario, this book examines the impact of global forces on the industrial centres of the boreal forest region with a reflection on the new forest industries in the Global South. The friction generated by these shifts is the essence of this study.

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Beaulieu, Michel S. Labour at the Lakehead: Ethnicity, Socialism, and Politics, 1900-1935. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011 (hardcover) and 2012 (trade paper and EPub). 316 pages

  • Winner of the 2015 M. Elizabeth Arthur Award for the best book on the history of Northwestern Ontario.

In the early twentieth century, the Canadian Lakehead was known as a breeding ground for revolution, a place where harsh conditions in dockyards, lumber mills, and railway yards drove immigrants into radical labour politics. This intensely engaging history reasserts Northwestern Ontario’s rightful reputation as a birthplace of leftism in Canada by exposing the conditions that gave rise to an array of left-wing organizations, including the Communist Party, the One Big Union, and the Industrial Workers of the World. Yet, as Michel Beaulieu shows, the circumstances and actions of Lakehead labour, especially those related to ideology, ethnicity, and personality were complex; they simultaneously empowered and fettered workers in their struggles against the shackles of capitalism. Cultural ties helped bring left-wing ideas to Canada but, as each group developed a distinctive vocabulary of socialism, Anglo-Celtic workers defended their privileges against Finns, Ukrainians, and Italians. At the Lakehead, ethnic difference often outweighed class solidarity -- at the cost of a stronger labour movement for Canada.

“Thanks to Labour at the Lakehead, we can now envision a day in which the history of the northern Ontario left takes its rightful place in our understanding of the Canadian past.” ~ Peter Campbell, Queen’s University, in Canadian Historical Review 94, no 1 (March 2013): 157-159

Labour at the Lakehead will likely be devoured by any scholar, graduate student, or upper-level undergraduate with research interests in twentieth century Northern Ontario history. It is an important contribution to a regional historiography that is dominated by aged (though in many cases still vibrant) studies.” ~ William Baker, York University, in Canadian Ethnic Studies 46, no. 3 (2014): 135-136.

“Beaulieu’s study fills a lacuna in the historiography of Canadian labour and the left, as well as in the history of Northwestern Ontario…  The book engages the challenging dynamic between ethnicity and class, particularly with respect to Finns, and provides rich empirical insight into the development of ethnic, socialist, and labour organization at Lakehead… Labour at the Lakehead is a valuable study that enriches our understanding of ethnicity, labour, and the left in Canada and Northwestern Ontario during this important period.”  ~ Benjamin Isitt, University of Victoria, in Histoire Sociale/Social History 46, no. 92 (November 2013): 522-534.

“Michel Beaulieu challenges scholars and interested parties alike to reconsider the role played by the centre in Canadian labour history… Labour at the Lakehead is an important and foundational study that has laid the groundwork for future social, theoretical, and ideological undertakings… Beaulieu’s intensely local study demonstrates the dignity, determination, and drive that existed in the hearts of men, women and children to make meaningful change in their lives and communities.” ~ Kyle R. Franz in Labour/Le Travail 71 (Spring 2013): 241-243.

“Michel Beaulieu has given us a much-needed, deeply researched examination of the workers, ethnic groups, trade unions, and left-wing movements that emerged and interacted with each other in a period of sustained working-class revolt… Beaulieu’s book is a very welcome contribution to Canadian historical scholarship. He has shown how the politics of difference can coincide with a politics of solidarity. He has placed the Lakehead at the centre of the history of labour and the left in Canada.”  ~ Eric W. Sager, University of Victoria, in University of Toronto Quarterly 82, no, 3 (Summer 2013): 502-503.

Labour at the Lakehead is a valuable addition to a 'Party' historiography once dominated by relatively one-dimensional, top-down national studies, but which is now ripe for replacement by a new synthesis, melding history from above and below, centre and periphery.”  ~ John Manley, University of Central Lancashire, in British Journal of Canadian Studies 27, no. 1 (2014): 108-109.

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Beaulieu, Michel S., Ronald N. Harpelle, and Jaimi Penney, eds. Labouring Finns: Transnational Politics in Finland, Canada, and the United States. Turku, Finland: Siirtolaisuusinstituutti [Institute of Migration], 2011. 196 pages

One of the most interesting chapters in the twentieth century history of the Finnish working class is the role these labouring men and women played in shaping the political and social culture of the communities they were a part of. The working class in Finland and their Finnish counterparts in Canada and the United States made a difference wherever they went. Significantly, labouring Finns maintained strong ties between Finland and the communities they established in North America, and these were ties that bound them together in a fight for justice that had its roots in the turmoil of Finland’s long struggle for freedom. As the contributors to this volume demonstrate, Finnish workers in Finland and North America contributed significantly to the development of socialism in the political arenas they found themselves in. In North America, the influence of Finns in the political process added an ethnic dimension to the ever-changing nature and character of socialism. As a consequence, underneath the class conflict of the early twentieth century in North America was a more pronounced interclass struggle characterized by ethnic differences rather than material interests. Labouring Finns is a book about the role Finns played in these struggles at home and abroad.

“… Teokseen on otettu teemaltaan keskenään varsin hyvin yhteensopivia esityksiä, joiden johtolankana toimittajat ovat pitäneet transnationalismia ja siihen liittyvää politiikkaa Suomessa, Kanadassa ja Yhdysvalloissa…. Teos tarjoaakin suositeltavaa tietoa siirtolaishistoriasta ja maahanmuuton tutki- joille kiinnostavaa informaatiota yleisemmälläkin tasolla.“~ Auvo Kostiainen Prof., yleinen historia, Turun yliopisto in Siirtolaisuus Migration 3 (2012): 49-50.

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Beaulieu, Michel S. and Chris Southcott. North of Superior: An Illustrated History of Northwestern Ontario. Toronto: James Lormier and Company, 2010. 128 pages

Northwestern Ontario is a little-known region that has been central to Canada's prosperity. For many Canadians, the majestic landscape north of Lake Superior conjures up images of tourism, bears, and canoes. For others, it conjures up the phrase "hewers of wood and drawers of water." For almost everyone but its inhabitants, it represents a mythical notion of Canada that never truly existed in the past and certainly does not exist today. In North of Superior, Michel Beaulieu and Chris Southcott explore the region's colourful history from the period before European contact through to the present. Along the way, they tell the stories of the native peoples who first lived there; the traders and adventurers who shaped the region through the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company; the politicians and workers who pushed through the CPR; the lumberjacks and miners who profited during the region's golden age; and the vibrant and diverse communities who make their home there today. Northwestern Ontario has always symbolized wealth and adventure for Canadians. This fascinating popular history will interest anyone who wants to know more about a region that occupies an iconic place in Canada's past.

"The inclusion of Aboriginal people is the most significant contribution of North of Superior. Far too often they are not present in local histories, or are maligned, or invisible once the fur trade or treaty process is completed. Rather, Beaulieu and Southcott place Aboriginal people within the regional context, noting that from a development perspective, and largely due to government policies, these people were marginalized… Aboriginal people regularly appear and are noted for their participation.”  ~ Karl Hele, a member of Garden River First Nation and Director of First Peoples Studies at Concordia University, in Ontario History CIII, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 107-109.

"This fascinating popular history will appeal to anyone who wants to know more about a region that occupies a mythic place in Canada's past." ~ Canada's History Magazine

"Photos and illustrations complement the text, which is written with enough detail to tell a great story, but not so much that the reader feels overwhelmed. In particular, the authors feature prominently the history of the region's Aboriginal Peoples... the book is essential reading for those interested in Northwestern Ontario’s past, and most importantly, its future.” ~ Superior Outdoors Magazine 4, no. 2 (Winter 2011): 15.

"If you are looking for an accessible introduction to the history of Northwestern Ontario and its role in Canada. this is the place to start. The more experienced researcher will discover a wealth of new and topical information... Beaulieu and Southcott have taken a potentially dry idea and made it into a fascinating book that can be used for reference, research, or as a coffee table book for browsing."Jesse Roberts in The Walleye 6, no. 1 (January 2015): 49.

"Save for odd references to places like Red Lake or Attawapiskat, for many of us the northwestern part of Ontario is an area of which we are barely aware...With this concise yet comprehensive volume, two Lakehead University professors attempt to fill the void in our understanding. Like many a Lorimer published book, the work is neatly designed and fully illustrated." ~  Chris Raible in Ontario History Bulletin

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Blahuta, Jason P. and Michel S. Beaulieu, eds. Final Fantasy and Philosophy: The Ultimate Walkthrough. Oxford and New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2009. 240 pages

An unauthorized look behind one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy. The Final Fantasy universe is packed with compelling characters and incredible storylines. In this book, you'll take a fascinating look at the deeper issues that Final Fantasy forces players to think about while trying to battle their way to the next level, such as: Does Cloud really exist (or should we really care)? Is Kefka really insane? Are Moogles part of a socialist conspiracy? Does the end of the game justify the means? As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed together with the likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you'll delve into crucial topics such as madness, nihilism, environmental ethics, Shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more. - Examines the philosophical issues behind one of the world's oldest and most popular video-game series - Offers new perspectives on Final Fantasy characters and themes - Gives you a psychological advantage--or at least a philosophical one--against your Final Fantasy enemies - Allows you to apply the wisdom of centuries of philosophy to any game in the series, including Final Fantasy XIII Guaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of the Final Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companion to the ultimate video-game series.

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Beaulieu, Michel S., ed. Essays in Northwestern Ontario Working-Class History: Thunder Bay and Its Environs. Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 2008. 332 pages

  • William Vinh-Doyle’s chapter, “A Study of the Strike at Canada Safeway by Local 175 of the UFCW,” awarded the J.P. Bertrand Award for best scholarly article or chapter on the history of Northwestern Ontario.

The articles collected in this book examine the history of the working class from the late nineteenth century to the firm establishment of unions in Northwestern Ontario, in particular the Thunder Bay region, during the late twentieth century. This book brings together previously published and new works from a cross-section of established and young scholars working in the allied fields of history, Finnish studies, sociology, and Canadian studies; it explores the substance of working class history in the region and the degree to which it is linked to broader and comparative developments while, at the same time, being rooted in the area.

"A well-constructed collection of important articles in the working-class history of Northwestern Ontario... This collection is an important contribution to both regional history and the history of labour in Canada." ~ J. Donald Wilson, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia.

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Beaulieu, Michel S. and Ronald N. Harpelle, eds. The Lady Lumberjack: An Annotated Collection of Dorothea Mitchell’s Writings. Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 2005. 162 pages

Dorothea Mitchell was a Canadian Pioneer of the first order. She did things that pioneering women have always done, but her pioneer experience was made more difficult by the fact that she was a single woman. Unlike other unsung heroines of the early twentieth century, we know of Dorothea's accomplishments because she wrote about them. This collection serves to introduce Dorothea Mitchell as a a latter day Susanna Moodie or Catherine Parr Traill. The contents of this volume are comparable to Parr Traill's The Backwoods of Canada and Moodie's Roughing it in the Bush not only because Dorothea Mitchell is able to describe life as a British immigrant woman on the Canadian frontier, but because she provides a refreshing glimpse at the place of women in Canadian society during the first decades of the twentieth century. Dorothea Mitchell, the "Lady Lumberjack", was a remarkable individual whose accomplishments as a writer and pioneer of women's rights have been largely overlooked.

"Historians often have identified Susanna Moodie or Catherine Parr Traill as advocates for women’s rights, but Beaulieu and Harpelle argue emphatically that Mitchell’s contributions are equally important. Taken as a whole, Lady Lumberjack is as entertaining as it is insightful… Lady Lumberjack is a serious contribution to women’s history, with huge potential to inform novice and seasoned academics alike… Beaulieu and Harpelle have ably shown the numerous ways in which Dorothea Mitchell stood as a symbol for all that women could achieve." ~ Cheryl Desroches, Royal Military College, in Ontario History XCVIII, no. 2 (Autumn 2006): 261-263.

"Having a newly issued edition of The Lady Lumberjack will be welcome news to many.. there are many who have heard of this intriguing woman and want to read her story ... in addition to her Lady Lumberjack, there are several of her articles and letters included in this volume.” ~ Linda Turk, Chronicle Journal, 20 February 2005.

Journal Issues

Co-Editor of Papers & Records, an annual peer-reviewed journal published by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society

Volume XLVIII - Special Issue on Thunder Bay at 50 (forthcoming 2020)
Volume XLVII (2019). 128 pages

Volume XLVI (2018). 120 pages

Volume XLV (2017). 100 pages
Volume XLIV (2016). 110 pages
Volume XLIII (2015). 96 pages

Papers & Records is a peer-reviewed journal issued annually by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society. It publishes new research and scholarship in both academic and publicly accessible formats on topics relating to all aspect of Northwestern Ontario’s diverse heritage. The journal also contains a “Records” section in which various archival collections are introduced to readers and a yearly “Recent Publications Relating to the History of Northern Ontario.”

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Beaulieu, Michel S. and James Paxton. Guest editors. Special issue on "Imagining New Worlds in the New World: Entertainment, Agency, and Power in Upper Canada." Ontario History 102, no. 2 (2010).

Whenever and wherever people gather they have found ways to entertain themselves. From elaborate communal festivals, parades, and feasts to storytelling around a fire, people interrupt the monotony of daily life with relaxation and conviviality. This special issue of Ontario History represents the possibilities for the historical analysis of entertainment. While it does not and cannot fill the historiographical void, the articles contained herein do illuminate little considered aspects of the province’s past through the prism of entertainment and suggest avenues of new research. The contributors address how Anglo-Americans and Aboriginals, in seeking to mediate the tensions of empire, creatively constructed collective identities and “imagined” communities. Entertainment and leisure activities, such as theatre or militia musters, provided one means to construct a shared identity with people in other parts of the colony or across the ocean. The contributions reveal that no single hegemonic Upper Canadian identity came into being. Rather, through entertainment and leisure activities, the colony’s diverse inhabitants expressed through entertainment and leisure activities multiple, overlapping, and competing identities shaped by race, ethnicity, class, geography, and history.

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Harpelle, Ron and Michel S. Beaulieu. Guest editors. Special issue on "Developments, Definitions, and Directions in Finnish Language, Literature, and Culture."Journal of Finnish Studies 14, no. 2 (2010).

A collection of essays on recent academic works on Finnish film, language, and literature developed from papers presented at FinnForum IX held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, May 2010. The papers in this volume were selected because they reflect the diversity of the conference in the area of Finnish language and literature.