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Immigrants in Prairie Cities

Ethnic Diversity in Twentieth-Century Canada

In Immigrants in Prairie Cities, Royden Loewen and Gerald Friesen analyze the processes of cultural interaction and adaptation that unfolded in these urban centres and describe how this model of diversity has changed over time.

Author Information


Royden Loewen is the Chair in Mennonite Studies and a professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. He is an award-winning author of a number of books on Mennonites and immigrants in North America.


Gerald Friesen is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba.


Marlene Epp:

‘Loewen and Friesen are to be congratulated for offering a new image of the Prairies… This is a provocative book that should elicit the kind of “compelling…dialogue” that they argue has shaped the multicultural prairie city.’

Jim Mochoruk:
Immigrants in Prairie Cities provides a state-of-the-art approach to the writing of both immigration and social history… A truly fine piece of work that will become required reading for all serious students, not just of Western Canadian, but of Canadian social history.’

David G. Burley; H-TGS (Transnational German Studies), 28 November, 2011:
‘An excellent reflection on a regional expression of Canadian multiculturalism... academic prose at its best. ’

Patricia E. Roy, American Historical Review: February 2011:
‘Loewen and Friesen have made an original contribution to understanding the immigrant experience and laid the ground work for further studies. Scholars of immigration and ethnicity elsewhere will find this book valuable for comparative purposes and it will contribute to better understandings of multiculturalism.’

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;