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Published in Great Plains Quarterly 6:4 (Fall 1986). Copyright © 1986 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


For almost two decades Howard Palmer has worked with impressive diligence to build a foundation of knowledge on ethnic relations in a province where, as he notes, "in a number of Alberta communities, the combinations of peoples are unique in the history of the world" (p. 6). Few readers of this monograph would disagree with that observation. Furthermore, many will discern that while the book purports to have a limited focus, the range and depth of Palmer's research quickly establish that this volume is no parochial examination of the subject of nativism. Whether he deals with the rise and subsidence of anti-Semitism, the conflict between fundamentalism and the Klan, ethnic radicalism, or the Chinese and Japanese "problem" as perceived by the Angloconformist majority, Palmer is careful to place these examples in national and comparative contexts.