Surrounded by water and located at the heart of a fertile plain, the Island of Montreal has been a crossroads for Indigenous peoples, European set- tlers, and today’s citizens, and an inland port city for the movement of people and goods into and out of North America. Commemorating the city’s 375th anniversary, Montreal: The History of a North American City is the definitive, two-volume account of this fascinating metropolis and its storied hinterland. This comprehensive collection of essays, filled with hundreds of illustrations, photographs, and maps, draws on human geography and envi- ronmental history to show that while certain distinctive features remain unchanged, human intervention and urban evolution mean that over time Montrealers have had drastically different experiences and historical understandings. Signifi- cant issues such as religion, government, social conditions, the economy, labour, transportation, culture and entertainment, and scientific and tech- nological innovation are treated thematically to il- luminate how people’s lives changed along with the transformation of Montreal. This history of a city in motion presents an entire picture of the changes that have marked the region as it spread from the old city of Ville-Marie into parishes, autonomous towns, boroughs, and suburbs. The first volume encompasses the city up to 1930, vividly depicting the lives of First Nations prior to the arrival of Europeans, colonization by the French, and the beginning of British Rule. The crucial roles of waterways, portaging, paths, and trails as the primary means of travelling and trade are first examined before delving into the construc- tion of canals, railways, and the first major roads. The nineteenth century was a period of near-total change in Montreal: the population grew from 20,000 to over one million and it became Canada’s leading industrial city. The second volume treats the history of Mon- treal since 1930, the year that the Jacques Cartier Bridge was opened and allowed for the outward expansion of a region, which before had been con- fined to the island. From the Great Depression and Montreal’s role as a munitions manufacturing cen- tre during the Second World War to major cultural events like Expo 67, the twentieth century saw Montreal grow into one of the continent’s largest cities, requiring stringent management of infra- structure, public utilities, and transportation. This volume also extensively studies the kinds of politi- cal debate with which the region and country still grapple regarding language, nationalism, federal- ism, and self-determination. Dany Fougères is professor of history at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Roderick MacLeod is an editor and the author of two books on Quebec history with emphasis on its Anglo-Protestant population. 1 5 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 7 U R B A N S T U D I E S • Q U E B E C H I S T O R Y Montreal The History of a North American City edited by dany fougères and roderick macleod Montreal’s history – from Indigenous life before contact with Europeans to its present-day bilingual and multicultural urban region. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S December 2017 978-0-7735-5128-2 $95.00A CDN, $95.00S US, £82.00 cloth 6 x 9 Two-volume set 1632pp 416 illustrations, 74 maps, 87 figures and tables eBook available