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Harold Adams Innis

Innis, Harold Adams, 1894–1952, Canadian political economist, b. Otterville, Ontario. One of Canada's leading economic historians, Innis wrote about various facets of Canadian culture and economy. In such books as The Fur Trade in Canada (1930, repr. 1956) and The Cod Fisheries (1940, repr. 1978), Innis explored Canadian natural resource industries and how they affected culture, politics, and history. Innis' work underscored the relationship of Canada to Western civilization. He taught at the Univ. of Toronto from 1920 until his death in 1952.

See biography by D. G. Creighton (1978).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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