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COM371: F2009 Canadian Medium Theory October 12 Harold Innis was an economic historian whose PhD was a study of the building of the Canadian PaCific railroad that joined the east and west coasts of Canada. His most important historical work was a magnificent study of the Canadian fur trade as a ‘staple’ of the country’s economy in the 19 th century. From this detailed historical work Innis came to see that the movement of people and goods (the beaver pelts of the fur trade) were dependent on issues to do with the management of time and space and that both were dependent on the available forms of transport (railroad, horse, canoes, dogs and sleds) and communication (telegraph, newspapers, mail). In his last two important works— Empire and Communication and The Bias of Communication— published in 1951, shortly before his death, Innis moved to the study of the role of communication and transport in ancient societies. Key concepts:
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