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Dominion of Capital

The Politics of Big Business and the Crisis of the Canadian Bourgeoisie, 1914-1947

Dominion of Capital offers a new account of relations between government and business in Canada during a period of transition between the established expectations of the National Policy and the uncertain future of the twentieth century.

Author Information


Don Nerbas is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Culture at Cape Breton University.


Hugh Grant:

‘Nerbas’ volume is an important, thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of Canadian economic and business history in a neglected field of study.’

Andrew Smith:
‘Don Nerbas has produced a lively work capable of appealing to undergraduates and the general public.’

‘This important contribution will be read with great profit by those both in and outside of Canada…The aims and goal here are laudable, the Dominion of Capital makes a great contribution to telling the story of the emergence of Canada’s more continental (branch plants and American investment) and mixed (with nationalized railways, for example) economy by the 1950s.’

Dustin Galer:
‘This book will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students of history, political science, and business offering them a fresh perspective of historical developments that shaped an evolving relationship between capitalists and government during the twentieth century.’

Gregory P. Marchildon, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History, and Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina:
Dominion of Capital makes a significant empirical contribution to our knowledge of twentieth-century Canadian history. The scholarship is solid and up-to-date and the narrative case studies are a joy to read. ”

Craig Heron, Department of History, York University:
Dominion of Capital is a fresh, innovative, and exciting study that makes use of an extensive and diverse range of sources to provide a much richer and deeper analysis of business-state relations from the 1920s to the 1940s than we have previously had. Adding a great deal of new information to earlier work, Don Nerbas takes the discussion of business-state relations to new levels of analytical sophistication. His book will doubtless be appreciated by scholars in political, economic, business, labour, and social history. Thanks to its highly engaging biographical approach, non-academic readers will also find it quite interesting.”

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;