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Trails and Trials: Markets and Land Use in the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1948

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Maxwell L. Foran
978-1-55238-462-6 (Institutional PDF)
$34.95 CAD / $39.95 USD
332 pages
46 b/w illustrations, 9 tables, 4 maps, select bibliography, index
June 2003


About the Book: 

Alberta's ranching heritage occupies an important place in the province's historical consciousness. Trails and Trials documents the development of the beef cattle industry in Alberta from its open-range ranching phase to the beginnings of the modern era. This narrative history documents how the beef cattle industry responded to the challenges following the end of the open-range era through two world wars and the Great Depression.Trails and Trials is a story of struggle, victories, and defeats, as a romanticized industry struggled to survive and mature in the real world. It provides a new case study of Canada's economic development and settlement history.

About the Author(s): 

Maxwell L. Foran has been working in the field of Western Canadian history for over thirty years and has published widely on various urban, rural, and cultural topics. He is a professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary.