History from the Inside: Prolegomenon to the "Memoir of Harold Adams Innis Covering the Years 1894-1922"

Paul Heyer

Abstract


Abstract: This essay provides an introduction to Harold Innis’ autobiographical memoir covering the years 1894-1922 (www.cjc-online.ca). Consideration is given to sources that may have inspired him in this direction. They include the memoirs and autobiographies he cites in The Bias of Communication (1951), along with the diary-based studies of three individuals that he wrote in conjunction with his staples research in political economy: Peter Pond, Alexander James McPhail, and Simeon Perkins. Innis’ own memoir is assessed as a document that can help us further understand how the scenarios of his early life influenced his
character, motivations, and eventual career choices.

Résumé : Cet article fournit une introduction aux mémoires autobiographiques d’Harold Innis portant sur les années 1894-1922 (www.cjc-online.ca). Pour ce faire, je prends en considération les sources qui ont pu l’inspirer dans cette direction. Celles-ci comprennent les mémoires et autobiographies qu’il cite dans The Bias of Communication (1951), ainsi que les études sur trois individus—Peter Pond, Alexander James McPhail, et Simeon Perkins—qu’il a écrites sous forme de journal dans le contexte de sa recherche en économie politique sur les produits
de base. J’évalue les propres mémoires d’Innis comme document qui peut nous aider à mieux comprendre comment les scénarios du début de sa vie ont influencé son caractère, ses motivations et ses choix de carrière éventuels.

Keywords


Harold Adams Innis; Communication history; Autobiography; Biography; Political economy

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