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Mark Kuhlberg receives national recognition from the Canadian Business History Association

Laurentian University history professor honoured with ‘Best Book in Canadian Business History’ for The Power of the Government: The Rise and Fall of Newsprint in Ontario

Laurentian University congratulates history professor Mark Kuhlberg on his latest national book award. Dr. Kuhlberg’s book, “The Power of the Government: The Rise and Fall of Newsprint in Ontario”, has won the Canadian Business History Association (CBHA) inaugural “best book in Canadian business history” competition. The award recognizes innovative studies that have the potential to expand the boundaries of the discipline.

“As historians, we always strive to increase understanding of the events that have shaped our society, sometimes that means upending the conventional wisdom about those circumstances,” said Dr. Mark Kuhlberg, history professor at Laurentian University. “My book is the culmination of 20 years of research about a fundamental industry in Northern Ontario. This award is very gratifying.”

The Power of the Government: The Rise and Fall of Newsprint in Ontario explores the relationship between successive Ontario government and the pulp and paper industry in the early 20th century. It concludes that, unlike previously accepted narrative of a supportive relationship between the governments and industry, provincial administrations in fact failed to embrace the pulp and paper producers in their request for pulpwood and water supplies, choosing instead of support agricultural producer and settlers in the North.

“I want to congratulate Mark on this achievement,” said Todd Webb, chair of the History department. “As historians, we try to solve puzzles of causation and to uncover developments and patterns that help us make sense of both the past and the present. In this book, Mark has done exactly that.”

Dr. Kulberg’s book was also awarded the History Group Book Prize in 2015 by the Canadian Historical Association.