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Car Nation

An Illustrated History of Canada's Transformation Behind the Wheel

Canadians fell in love with the car at first glance. They were scared by it too, and by its potential. Canada was quick to become a car nation, as the automobile was enthusiastically adopted by Prairie grain farmers, the new modern woman, travellers to the north, and rough-and-tumble adventurers looking for a thrill by traversing the immense length of the country. The automobile was the symbol of the modern Canada of the twentieth century, and the final victory of technology over landscape.

Canadians were building cars from the beginning. Independent firms and branches of the big American manufacturers vied for the lucrative Canadian market. Automaking has been an integral part of Canada’s economy since the car’s introduction.

For more than a century, Canadians have lived with this automobile revolution, and all the consequences and permutations that it represents. Blending social, cultural and economic history, Dimitry Anastakis’s engaging text tells the fascinating story of the car across Canada from earliest days, when cars and horses jockeyed for parking space, to the multilane freeways of the twenty-first century.


Dimitry Anastakis

Dimitry Anastakis teaches history at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. A scholar of postwar Canada, his primary research examines Canada's role in the North American auto industry. He is the author of Auto Pact: Creating a Borderless North American Auto Industry, 1960-1971 (University of Toronto Press, 2005) and edited The Sixties: Passion, Politics and Style (McGill-Queens University Press, 2008. His work has appeared in various academic journals and magazines such as "The Walrus".

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Examines the car as a technology that changed the world as we know it. Outlines that the car became a fulcrum for human interaction. Looks at the American Influence on the Canadian Car Industry. … 9 $0.90


1900-1920. Looks at the beginning of the auto revolution, examines different makes and models, looks at the auto revolution’s impact on work, wages, and workers 17 $1.70


1912-1930. Analyzes the spread of the car in popularity and the freedom it represented to Canadians as you could now travel across the country, the changes to cities because of the car, road … 17 $1.70


1930-1945. Looks at the downturn for the auto industry during the Great Depression, the unionization of the industry, and the effect of WWII on the auto industry. Specifically uses the life of … 17 $1.70


1945-1973. Analyzes the Great post-war boom in the car industry and argues that the automobile emblems of the era They represented a new industrial might, a new ethos of consumption and a new … 19 $1.90


1973 – 2005. Looks at the oil shock of 1973, looks at the car industries involvement in nationalism, continentialism, and globalization, the development of fuel economy & emissions … 17 $1.70


Looks at the interconnectedness of the car to the great political, environmental and economic questions of our time as a testament to the automobile’s continuing centrality in both our … 8 $0.80