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Published in Great Plains Quarterly6:4 (Fall 1986). Copyright © 1986 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Stampede City inquires into the boom and bust generated by the petroleum industry in Calgary, Alberta, between the mid 1970s and early 1980s. Calgary is Canada's sixth largest population center but is the corporate and financial center of the country's petroleum industry. In economic terms, what benefits that industry benefits the city. The authors of this book argue that what is good for the petroleum industry, however, is not always good for all inhabitants of Calgary. The headings of Stampede City's nine lively and provocative chapters reflect many of the authors' sentiments: "Calgary: Where Free Enterprise costs a little more"; "Oil: You can bank on it"; "City Hall: Public Funds and Private Interests"; "Real Estate: The Land Grab"; "The Media: Corporate Cheerleaders"; "The Stampede: Cowtown's Sacred Cow"; "It's Just a Game? The 1988 Winter Olympics"; "Western Separatism: Counter-elite of the Marginalized"; and "Casualties of Progress."