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Marginal man : the dark vision of Harold Innis

Author: A John Watson
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2007.
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With Marginal Man, Alexander John Watson provides the first in-depth intellectual biography of Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952), the great Canadian economic historian and communications visionary. Melding biography and analysis, he explores in detail the links between key events in Innis's life and scholarly influences, and the intellectual syntheses that Innis produced." "Watson illustrates and reconciles Innis's  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Harold A Innis; Harold A Innis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A John Watson
ISBN: 9780802094780 0802094783
OCLC Number: 144092501
Awards: Short-listed for Donald Grant Creighton Award - Ontario Historical Society 2008 (Canada)
Description: xiii, 525 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Innisian Puzzle --
Part One: From the Margin, 1894-1939 --
1. The 'Herald' of Otterville, 1894-1913 --
2 The Great War, 1914-1918 --
3. One of the Veterans, 1919-1923 --
4. The Search for a New Paradigm, 1920-1929 --
5. The Great Betrayal, 1930-1940 --
Part Two: To the Margin, 1940-1952 --
6 Hunting the Snark --
7 A Telegram to Australia: Innis's Working Methods --
8. Innis and the Classicists: imperial Balance and Social-Science Objectivity --
9 Time, Space, and the Oral Tradition: Towards a Theory of Consciousness --
10. At the Edge of the Precipice: The Mechanization of the Vernacular and Cultural Collapse --
11. Cassandra's Curse.
Responsibility: Alexander John Watson.


This book is an extraordinary work of scholarship in its own right, as well as an essential companion to the work of its subject, one of Canada's most important minds.  Read more...


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... by giving us Innis in full, Watson's biography delivers the gift of a thinker about the human condition who was also an authentic Canadian prophet. This is surely one of the important books of Read more...

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