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

By Maxwell L. Foran

© 2003

Alberta's ranching heritage occupies an important place in the province's historical consciousness. Trails and Trials: Markets and Land Use in the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1948 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: Markets and Land Use in the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1948 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.
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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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Trails and Trials: Markets and Land Use in the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1948

By Maxwell L. Foran

© 2003

Alberta's ranching heritage occupies an important place in the province's historical consciousness. Trails and Trials: Markets and Land Use in the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1948 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: Markets and Land Use in the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1948 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.
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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
?This is a fine book that helps to fill a significant gap in the historiography of western Canadian cattle industry and in doing so makes a valuable contribution to the agricultural and economic history of the province of Alberta.? Indeed, the author deserves high praise for thoroughness of his research and the manner in which it is referenced in his narrative.? -- David H. Breen, University of British Columbia ?This is an important and innovative undertaking that provides a point of departure for more detailed inquiries into specific eras and issues which have not yet been addressed. In a broad sense, then, Foran opens doors which have been closed too long.? -- Simon Evans, University of Calgary
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.