Harold Adams Innis

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Innis, Harold Adams


Born Nov. 5, 1894; died Nov. 8, 1952. Canadian bourgeois economist and historian. Doctor of philosophy (1920).

In 1916, Innis graduated from McMaster University (in Hamilton, Ontario). In 1920 he became a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto, and from 1937 on he was dean of the department of economics. Innis was president of the Canadian Political Science Association (from 1937) and president of an association of economic historians (from 1942). He was the founder of the study of Canada’s economic history. He did research on the principal branches of the country’s economy and on the interrelationship between politics and economics, attributing great importance to the influence of the geographic environment and of transportation on the life of society.


Political Economy in the Modern State. Toronto, 1946.
Empire and Communications. Oxford, 1950.
Changing Concepts of Time. Toronto, 1952.


The Culture of Contemporary Canada. Edited by J. Park. New York, 1957.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The section on bias studies introduces Harold Adams Innis, another Canadian scholar who moved from economic history to a study in which he identified communication as containing an inherent and implicit bias towards either time or space, in terms of how communication fostered different cultural thinking.
Few early-20lh-century figures continue to stand as tall in Canadian historiography as Harold Adams Innis. Widely recognized for developing the 'staples thesis' through books like The Fur Trade in Canada (1930) and The Cod Fisheries (1940), his principle contribution was in showing how the distribution of resources and the network of Canadian river basins together have guided the exploitation of the North American continent by international markets.
(2) Harold Adams Innis, The Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930); Harold Adams Innis and Daniel Drache, Staples, Markets, and Cultural Change: Selected Essays (Montreal; Buffalo: McGill-Queen'sUniversity Press, 1995).
And like Harold Adams Innis's exposition of the staples paradigm in his studies economic history of the fur trade and the cod fishery, while breaking new ground, these authors situate a distinctively different field of inquiry within reference points students know.
Volume I of the Historical Atlas of Canada (1987) is dedicated to the memory of Harold Adams Innis and of Andrew Hill Clark (historical geographer, and a UTP author).
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Classic Canadian political economy, often called Innisian political economy, is marked by Harold Adams Innis' key studies The Fur Trade in Canada (1970) originally published in 1930 and The Cod Fisheries (1954) originally published in 1940.
After locating the roots with Adam Smith and Karl Marx, the Canadian classic staples tradition pioneered by Harold Adams Innis and W.A.
Also of interest to media ecology scholars is the posthumous publication of his notes as The Idea File of Harold Adams Innis (1980).