Allen Seager

Associate Professor

Areas of Study: Canada, Europe

Research Interests

Canada; Western Canada; Labour History, specializing in the history of the coal industry; Coal Mining Communities in Western Canada; Canadian Railway History Canadian Labour and Working Class History


Voyages: Real and Imaginary, Personal and Collective, Canadian Issues Vol. XVI, 1994
Co-editor, with John Lennox, Michele Lacombe and Lucie Lequin

Canada Since 1867, Study Guide for History 102
1987: revised 1990

Canada 1922-39: Decades of Discord (with John Herd Thompson)
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985

Working Lives: Vancouver, 1886-1986 (with the Working Lives Collective)
Vancouver: New Star Books, 1985


  • "The Resource Economy, 1871-1921", in Hugh Johnston, ed., The Pacific Province: A History of British Columbia (Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas McIntyre, 1996), pp. 205-252.
  • "Burnaby: The First 50 Years" with R. Fowler, in L.J. Evenden, ed., The Suburb of Happy Hopes: Burnaby Centennial Themes, (Simon Fraser University: Community and Economic Development Centre, 1995), pp. 17-39.
  • "Miners' Struggles in Western Canada," in Deian R. Hopkin and Gregory S. Kealey, eds., with an Introduction by David Montgomery, Class, Culture, and the Labour Movement in Wales and Canada, 1880-1930 (St. John's Newfoundland: Committee on Canadian Labour History, 1989), pp. 160-198
  • "Workers, Class, and Industrial Conflict in New Westminster, 1900-1930," in Rennie Warburton and David Coburn, eds., Workers, Capital, and the State in British Columbia: Selected Papers (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1988), pp. 117-140
  • "Class, Ethnicity, and Politics in the Alberta Coalfields, 1905-45," in Dirk Hoerder, ed., Struggle a Hard Battle: Essays on Working Class Immigrants (Dekalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois Press, 1986) pp. 304-324
  • "Toveritar and Finnish Canadian Women, 1900-1930," in Christiane Harzig and Dirk Hoerder, eds., The Press of Labor Migrants in Europe and North America, 1880s to 1930s (Bremen: University of Bremen, 1985), pp. 243-264 (with Varpu Lindstrom)
  • "Frank Slide: Did the Greed of the Coal-Owners Bring Turtle Mountain Crashing Down?", The Beaver vol.76: 2 (April/May, 1996): 41-7.
  • Terry Irving and Allen Seager, "Labour and Politics in Canada and Australia: Towards a Comparativist Approach to Developments to l960" Special joint issue of Labour/le travail 38 (Fall 6) and Labour History 71 (November 1996): 239-277
  • "Frank Henry Sherman." Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XIII, 1901 to 1910 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994), pp. 950-2.
  • "The El Dorado of the Golden West': Blairmore and the West Canadian Collieries, 1901-1911," Prairie Forum Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall 1993): 197-218.
  • "A New Labor Era?': Canadian National Railways and the Railway Worker, 1919-1929," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 3 (1992): 171-196.
  • "Socialists and Workers: The Western Canadian Coal Miners, 1900-1921," Labour/Le Travail, 16, (1985): 23-59.
  • "Nineteen Nineteen: Year of Revolt," Journal of the West, XXIII:4, (1984): 40-47.
  • "Migration and Proletarianization: Aspects of the Finnish Immigrant Experience in Western Canadian Coal-Mining, 1880-1940," Siirtolaisus/Migration, 2, (1983): 7-15
  • "Finnish Canadians and the Ontario Miners' Movement," Polyphony III:2, (1981): 35-45
  • "Minto, New Brunswick: A Study in Canadian Class Relations Between the Wars," Labour/Le Travail, 5, (1980): 81-132
  • "Captain Swing in Ontario?" Bulletin of the Committee on Canadian Labour History, 7, 1979, 3-5
  • "Memorial to a Departed Friend of the Workingman," Bulletin of the Committee on Canadian Labour History 4, 1977, 9-14
  • "The Pass Strike of 1932," Alberta History XXV:1, 1977, 1-11

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