In 1908, Guysborough native Henry Marshall Tory, president of the fledgling University of Alberta, declared: "The modern state university has sprung from a demand on the part of the people themselves ... The people demand that knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal." Tory shared a common conviction with that of University of Wisconsin President, Charles Van Hise, who had, in 1904, announced that he would "never be content until the beneficient influence of the University reaches every home in the state", a program that later became known as 'The Wisconsin Idea'. The same spirit is echoed in Msgr. Moses Coady's appeal for the little man to become "masters of their own destiny".
The Institute will commission and present reviews to the public of high quality publications related to the historical and contemporary situation of the Maritime Provinces. By inviting both established and emerging scholars to assess newly-published material, it is our hope that the "Reviews" section will not only provide the reader with an informative synopsis, but also entice the reader to engage critically with the ideas presented within its pages.
Robertson, Allen. MIRCS Review #2015-01.
Review: Keeping the Kirk: Scottish Religion at Home and in the Diaspora, edited by Stuart MacDonald and Daniel MacLeod (University of Guelph, Centre for Scottish Studies, 2014).
Armstrong, Paul. MIRCS Review #2016-01.
Review: The Canny Scot: Archbishop James Morrison of Antigonish, by Peter Ludlow (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015).
Ludlow, Peter. MIRCS Review #2016-02.
Review: Highland Shepherd: James MacGregor, Father of the Scottish Enlightenment in Nova Scotia, by Alan Wilson (University of Toronto Press, 2015).
Taylor, Josh. MIRCS Review #2017-01.
Review: Fishing for a Solution: Canada's Fisheries Relations with the European Union, 1977-2013, by Donald Barry, Bob Applebaum, and Earl Wiseman (University of Calgary Press, 2014).
Côté, Ray. MIRCS Review #2017-02.
Review: Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, by Edward MacDonald, Joshua MacFadyen and Irené Novaczek (eds.) (McGill-Queen’s University Press and Island Studies Press, 2016).
Delbridge, Christine. MIRCS Review #2017-03.
Review: Historical GIS Research in Canada, by Jennifer Bonnell and Marcel Fortin (eds.) (University of Calgary Press, 2014).
Ballard, Joe. MIRCS Review #2017-04.
Review: The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities, by Stephanie Meeks, with Kevin C. Murphy (Island Press, 2016).
Ludlow, Peter. MIRCS Review #2021-01.
Review: Searching for W.P.M. Kennedy: the Biography of an Enigma, by Martin L. Friedland (University of Toronto Press, 2020).