Urban History Review Revue d'histoire urbaine

Managing editor(s): Harold Bérubé (Editor), Owen Temby (Editor)



The prime goal of the Urban History Review / Revue d'histoire urbaine is to be a vehicle for the exchange of information, theories, and techniques relating to the development of urban communities over time. The Urban History Review / Revue d'histoire urbaine is concerned with the historical development of urban Canada in a broad sense, with particular emphasis on the following:

  • current research: work being done on Canadian towns and cities;
  • future research: topics that need to be added to the research agenda;
  • methodology: methods needed for studying urban places;
  • sources: availability, reliability and interpretation of research materials.

As well as this, the UHR/RHU has 2 other major aims:

  1. to bring together the various disciplinary perspectives that exist in the broad field of urban studies; 
  2. to publish non-Canadian material when it deals with comparative, methodological or historiographical issues or topics.

The UHR/ RHU publishes two categories of articles: articles that range in length from 6,000 to 10,000 words and shorter papers or research notes of 1,000 to 3,000 words. From time to time, theme issues will be published. Readers' suggestions for such issues are encouraged.

The UHR/RHU also welcomes material for the Notes and Comments section, such as reports on work in progress, thesis abstracts, conference announcements, information on recent publications, comments on urban policy (past and present), and notes on archival or other sources. Suggestions for book reviews or book reviews essays are also invited.


America: History and Life (ABC-CLIO Press, Santa Barbara, CA)

Arts and Humanities Citation Index and Current Contents/Arts & Humanities (Thomson Scientific, Philadelphia, PA)

Canadian Business & Current Affairs (Full Text Service) (Micromedia ProQuest, Toronto, ON)

CPIO Canadian Periodical Index (Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI)

Elsevier including GEOBASE, Scopus, and Geoabstract (printed abstracts) (Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Historical Abstracts (ABC-CLIO Press, Santa Barbara, CA)

History of Science, Technology & Medicine Bibliography (Research Libraries Group, Stanford, CA)

ProQuest Research Library (Full Text Service) (ProQuest Information & Learning, Ann Arbour, MI)

Sage Urban Studies Abstracts and Journal of Planning Literature (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Thomson Gale (Full Text Service) (Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI)


Contact the journal

Email: uhr-rhu@utpress.utoronto.ca

Phone: (416) 667–7810 


A subscription is required to have access to issues disseminated in the last 12 months of publication for this journal.

Institutional and individual digital subscription: Institutions (library, documentation centre, school, etc.) and individuals have the possibility to subscribe to the journal at this address: https://www.utpjournals.press/journal/uhr

Print version subscription: the journal is in transition to publishing online-only over 2019-2020 and is no longer offering print subscriptions.

Back issues (115 issues)

Permanent archiving of articles on Érudit is provided by Portico.

Editorial policy and ethics

Guidelines for Authors

Mailing address:

University of Toronto Press — Journals Division
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON, M3H 5T8 Canada

Telephone: (416) 667–7810; Fax: (416) 667–7832; Email: uhr-rhu@utpress.utoronto.ca

Submit your article online at https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/uhr-rhu

  1. Once your article has been accepted for publication and entered into our production schedule, you will be notified of the date by which your manuscript must reach our office. Pleaseobsever these guidelines. If you are unlikely to meet the deadline, please telephone the Managing Editor immediately to discuss alternative arrangements.
  2. A smooth and timely publication process for each issue depends on all the following criteria. To this end, please send:
    1. An electronic copy of the entire manuscript, including:
      1. The article itself, with notes placed at the end of the text (not at the bottom of the page); all tables, figures and accompanying illustrations are to be placed after the notes.
      2. An abstract of the article in English and French.
      3. A biographical note on the author, in English and French, for the Contributors’ page.
    2. A complete list of all attachments with each e-mail submission.
  3. Indicate any special requirements regarding the final size of figures and illustrations, keeping in mind that these must be no larger than 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm. They need to be, however, at least 300 dpi. In the captions for figures and illustrations, include acknowledgements and permissions to reprint.
  4. Unless the technical quality of figures and tables allows direct reproduction, the Journal prefers to redraft and will send proofs of the new version for your approval.
  5. Illustrations are preferably in TIF, JPG, PDF or EPS. Please contact us for our FTP address.
  6. Where necessary, translation costs of abstracts and biographical notes will be assumed by the author. Translations must be submitted at the same time as the original manuscript.
  7. Clearly indicate any items you wish to be returned (photos, disks, maps, tables, etc.).
  8. Authors will receive three copies of the issue in which their article appears, mailed at the same time as subscribers’ copies.
  9. Endnotes: please follow a consistent format of the Chicago Manual of Style within the manuscript. Examples:

    First references:

    J. W. Leavitt, The Healthiest City. Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1982), 7-42.

    Michael Doucet, "Working Class Housing in a Small Nineteenth-Century Canadian City: Hamilton, Ontario 1852-1881", in Essays in Canadian Working-class History, ed. G. S. Kealey and Peter Warrian (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976), 99, 103, 107-109.

    M. E. Davidson, "Changing Shapes of the Urban Dream in 1860," Urban History Review/Revue d'histoire urbaine (hereafter UHR), 16 (February 1988), 242-254.

    Paul Bator, "‘Saving Lives on the Wholesale Plan’: Public Health Reform in the City of Toronto, 1900 to 1930” (PhD diss., University of Toronto, 1979), 332.

    Extradition Act, Statutes of Canada [or SC] 1999, c. 18, s. 1.

    Macdonald to John Rose, 14 April 1880, file 4, vol. 5, Macdonald Papers, MG 26A, Library and Archives Canada (hereafter LAC).

    City Council Minutes, minutes. no. 541, 1889, RG 1A, City of Toronto Archives (hereafter CTA).

    Subsequent references:

    ... to the last work cited, with no intervening citations: ibid. (‘in the same place’).

    ... to a previous citation (two possibilities):

    — Leavitt, 242.

    — Leavitt, The Healthiest City, 40; Davidson, "Changing shapes", 242 (where at least two works by the same author are cited in the article).


    For a multi-volume publication with a single title, specify the volume number before page numbers: 
    vol. 2:213–217.

    For a publication with more than one edition, specify the number then the date of the edition used: 
    2nd. ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974).

Editorial board


Owen Temby (Political Science), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Co-Editor

Dr. Temby is an assistant professor in the UTRGV Department of Political Science. He is an environmental policy specialist with current research in air pollution and fishery policy. Before joining UTRGV Dr. Temby worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and Carleton University. He is the author of numerous articles in respected journals and editor (with Peter Stoett) of the book, Towards Continental Environmental Policy? North American Transnational Networks and Governance (SUNY Press, 2017). One of his recent journal articles won the Riddell Award for the best article of the year on Ontario History. Presently Dr. Temby serves as editor of Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine and environmental policy book review editor of Review of Policy Research.

Harold Bérubé (Histoire), Université de Sherbrooke, Co-Editor

Harold Bérubé holds degrees in History and Urban Studies from the Université de Montréal and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, where he completed his doctoral dissertation in 2008. His research focuses on the political and cultural history of cities and their inhabitants. His current project deals with the creation and development of elite neighbourhoods in Montreal and Brussels.

Associate Editors

Stephen Bocking (Environmental and Resource Studies), Trent University

Stephen Bocking is professor of environmental history and politics at Trent University. His research interests include urban environmental history, as well as the interaction between scientific expertise and environmental politics, as examined both historically and through contemporary case studies. In 2005 he edited a theme issue of Urban History Review on Canadian urban environmental history. He has also written or edited several books: Nature’s Experts: Science, Politics, and the Environment (Rutgers University Press, 2004), Biodiversity in Canada: Ecology, Ideas, and Actions (Broadview, 2000), and Ecologists and Environmental Politics: A History of Ecology (Yale University Press, 1997).

Michèle Dagenais (Histoire), Université de Montréal

Michèle Dagenais is a history professor at the Université de Montréal. Specialized in the urban and political history of Quebec and Canada, for the last ten years, she has been working on the manifestations of power relations in cities. She is interested in the processes leading to the formation of urban space, looking to shed light on how it brings into play the relationship between the environment and individuals, and how nature contributes and is exploited in the development of cities. She recently published Faire et fuir la ville. Espaces publics de culture et de loisirs à Montréal et Toronto aux XIXe et XXe siècles, Sainte- Foy, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2006.

Nicolas Kenny (History), Simon Fraser University

Daniel Ross (Histoire), Université du Québec à Montréal

Jordan Stanger-Ross (History), University of Victoria

Book Review Editors

Jean-Christophe Racette, Université du Québec à Montréal

Jean-Christophe Racette is a doctoral student at Université du Québec à Montréal. His research focuses on the information exchanges and intermunicipal relations between Montreal and other European and North American cities c. 1850-1950. He wants to show how Montreal build and use those municipal networks to increase its knowledge in municipal administration and urban planning.

Editorial Advisory Board

J. William G. Brennan (History), University of Regina

J. William Brennan teaches Western Canadian and Saskatchewan history, and a course in prairie urban history, at the University of Regina. His publications include Regina: An Illustrated History (James Lorimer, 1989) and several articles on the history of Saskatchewan’s provincial capital. Dr. Brennan is also the chair of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, which helps fund the restoration of the province’s built heritage.

Richard Dennis (Geography), University College London

Richard Dennis is reader in geography at University College London, England, where he teaches historical geography and convenes a master’s degree on Modernity, Space and Place. He specializes in the social and cultural geography of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century cities. He has worked extensively on housing provision and occupancy in London and Toronto, with a particular focus on apartment housing. He is also interested in literary and artistic representations of urban life, including the works of George Gissing in Victorian London and Morley Callaghan in interwar Toronto. He is the author of Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space 1840-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which focuses particularly on sites of modern life and their representation in London, New York, and Toronto.

Donald Fyson (Histoire), Université de Laval

Donald Fyson is an associate professor at the Department of History at Université Laval and a specialist in eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Quebec history. His particular interest is the relationship between state, law, and society, which is explored in his Magistrates, Police and People: Everyday Criminal Justice in Quebec and Lower Canada, 1764–1837 (University of Toronto Press, 2006). His current research projects include violence between men in Lower Canada and the nature of penal justice in Quebec City, 1840–1960.

Gunter Gad (Geography), University of Toronto

Jason Gilliland (Geography), University of Western Ontario

Dr. Jason Gilliland is Director of the Urban Development Program in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario. His professional and academic background is in architecture, urban planning, and human geography and his research integrates all three disciplines. He is particularly interested in the dynamics of social and morphological change from the scale of entire cities down to the level of individual buildings and their inhabitants. Ongoing research projects focus on various and interrelated aspects of urban planning and development, housing, children’s environments, and urban health issues.

Richard Harris (Geography and Earth Sciences), McMaster University

Steven High (History), Concordia University

Steven High is Canada Research Chair in Public History at Concordia University. He is the author of Industrial Sunset: The Making of North America’s Rust Belt(University of Toronto Press, 2003) and co-author with photographer David Lewis of Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization, (2007) from Between the Lines and Cornell University Press. He is also co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Deryck Holdsworth (Geography), Pennsylvania State University

David Hulchanski (Social Work), University of Toronto

Serge Jaumain (Science politique), Université Libre de Bruxelles

Serge Jaumain is a historian and professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he is the director of two research centres, the Canadian studies centre (CEC) and the interdisciplinary research centre on the history of Brussels (CIRHIBRU), each of which gathers some 50 researchers. He also coordinates the European Canadian studies network. In 2005, he was awarded the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies for his work and activities in this discipline.

His research currently focuses on the history of department stores in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe, the comparative history of Montreal and Brussels, and the study of travel guidebooks as new historical objects. He has authored or edited some 20 works mainly on the socio-economic history of Belgium and Canada.

Willie Jenkins (Geography), York University

William Jenkins is an assistant professor of geography at York University. He has a BA and MA degree from the National University of Ireland (University College, Dublin) and a PhD from the University of Toronto, which he completed in 2001. His published work has to date focused on agrarian change in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland and Irish immigrants in nineteenth-century urban North America. He is presently completing a book that examines the comparative settlement experiences of Irish migrants and their descendants in Buffalo and Toronto between c. 1867 and 1916.

Robert Lewis (Geography), University of Toronto

Robert Lewis received his PhD from McGill University and currently is associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto. He has been co-editor of Urban History Review (2001–2007). His main research interests are in the production practices of manufacturing, the urban geography of manufacturing, and industrial suburbanization in Canada and the United States between 1850 and 1960. He is the author of Manufacturing Montreal: The Making of an Industrial Landscape, 1850–1930 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and The Manufacturing Suburbs: Building Work and Home on the Metropolitan Fringe (Temple University Press, 2004), and has published on a variety of topics, including planned districts in Chicago, the automotive and tobacco industries in Chicago and Montreal, early-twentieth-century factory design, and industrial suburbs. His book Chicago Made: Factory Networks in the Industrial Metropolis has been published at the University of Chicago Press in 2008.

Larry D. McCann (Geography), University of Victoria

Dr. Larry McCann is a professor of geography at the University of Victoria. Before returning to Victoria, he was Davidson Professor and Director of Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University. He has published widely on the history of Canadian cities and is the editor of Heartland and Hinterland: A Geography of Canada. At the University of Victoria, he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for the Social Sciences. In 2001, he was awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Massey Medal for his many scholarly and community contributions. In 2006 he received awards from the Heritage Society of British Columbia for his research and the Hallmark Society in Victoria for teaching students the value of heritage conservation. At present, he is writing a book that examines how landscape architect John Charles Olmsted influenced the evolving suburban pattern of western Canadian cities.

Suzanne Morton (History), McGill University

Suzanne Morton teaches in the Department of History at McGill University. She is the author of At Odds: Gambling and Canadians, 1918–1969 (University of Toronto Press, 2005) and is currently working on a study of welfare and the social work profession in Canada.

Sherry Olson (Geography), McGill University

Peter Rider (History), Canadian Museum of Civilization / Musée canadien des civilisations

Jarret Rudy (History), McGill University

Pierre-Yves Saunier (Géographie), CNRS Lyon

Pierre-Yves Saunier is a researcher with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at UMR 5600 (Unité Mixte de Recherche « Environnement-Ville-Société »), in Lyon. His research focuses on the “urban question” and public administration with regards to traffic areas built during the twentieth century. He recently published “Circulations, connexions et espaces transnationaux” in Genèses (no. 57, December 2004), “Going Transnational? News from Down Under” in the online forum history.transnational (13 January 2006, http://geschichte-transnational.clio-online.net/forum/id=680&type=artikel), and “La toile municipale aux XIXe et XXe siècles : un panorama transnational vu d’Europe” in Urban History Review (34, no. 2, spring 2006).

Marc St. Hilaire (Géographie), Université de Laval

Sylvie Taschereau (Histoire), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Sylvie Taschereau is professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières where she teaches the social and economic history of Quebec and Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research and publications focus on the history of immigration and interethnic relations, as well on the social histories of the petite bourgeoisie, of commerce and of credit. Her current research concerns the representations of norms associated with credit in Quebec during the first half of the 20th century. In the context of a collective project on the development of the relationship between Quebecers and money and the origins of consumer society, she also studies the evolution of practices relating to credit, in interaction with the activities of financial institutions and state intervention. In 2006, her article “Échapper à Shylock : la Hebrew Free Loan Association of Montreal entre antisémitisme et intégration” received the Guy Frégault Prize, awarded by the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française.

Shirley Tillotson (History), Dalhousie University

Shirley Tillotson is a member of the Department of History at Dalhousie University. She has published in a variety of areas related to urban history, including charitable fundraising, citizen participation in municipal services, the activities of labour and welfare councils, and (in comparative terms) urban and rural telegraphy. Her current research is in the cultural history of taxation, including municipal taxation.

John Weaver (History), McMaster University