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Rainer Baehre

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Dr. Rainer Baehre, Ph.D. (York University), M.Phil. (University of Waterloo), M.A. (University of Waterloo), B.A. (History, University of Waterloo)

Professor - Historical Studies; (cross-listed) Social/Cultural Studies, School of Arts and Science 

Phone: (709) 637-6278 

Research interests/expertise

Environmental history of western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula; Indigenous history of Newfoundland and Labrador; social/cultural/political history of Upper Canada. 


  • “Newfoundland’s West Coast and the Gulf of St Lawrence Fishery, ca. 1775-83: A Case Study of War, Fish, and Empire,” in The Greater Gulf: Essays on the Enironmental History of the Gulf of St Lawrence. Ed. Claire E. Campell, Edward MacDonald and Brian Payne. Montreal and Kingston: Mc-Gill Queen’s University Press, 2019.  69-113. 
  • "Reconstructing Heritage and Cultural Identity in Marginalized and Hinterland Communities: Case Studies from Western Newfoundland, Canada," London Journal of Canadian Studies, 30 (2015).  
  • "Indigenizing the Academy: The Case of Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Newfoundland Mi'kmaq Resurgence," Morning Watch: Journal of Educational and Social Analysis 40, 3-4 (2013): 104-115. 
  • "Whose Pine-Clad Hills: Forest Rights and Access in Newfoundland and Labrador's History," Newfoundland Quarterly 103, 4 (2011): 42-47. 
  • "Sustainability in the Humber River Basin", International Journal of Global Warming 3 No.1/2 (2011): 3- 29. Co-authored. 
  • "Nineteenth Century Medical and Anthropological Views of the Labrador Inuit," in "Very Rough Country": Proceedings of the Labrador Explorations Symposium.  Ed. Martha MacDonald. St. John's: The Labrador Institute, 2010.  228-250. 
  • "Early Anthropological Discourse on the Inuit and the Influence of Virchow on Boas," Etudes Inuit Studies 38, 2 (2008): 13- 34. 
  • "Diplomacy, Legal Issues, and Foreign Fishing in Newfoundland, 1814-30: Revisiting the 1815 Treaty of Paris and the 1818 Convention," Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Vol. 10, a Festschrift in Memory of Peter N. Oliver.  Eds. Jim Phillips, R. Roy McMurtry, and John T. Saywell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2008. 
  • "Trying the Rebels: Emergency Legislation and the Colonial Executive's Overall Legal Strategy in the Upper Canadian Rebellion," in Canadian State Trials, Vol. 2; Rebellion in the Canadas.  Eds. Barry Wright and Murray Greenwood. Toronto: The Osgoode Society, 2002. pp. 41-61. 
  • Outrageous Seas: Shipwreck and Other Narratives from Newfoundland Waters, 1583-1896. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999.  

Current research projects and grants

Title: "An Environmental History of the Humber River Basin region." This research in the environmental history of the Humber River Basin region attempts to develop an understanding of the historical relationship between the region's natural and human environments.  

Chair, Historical Studies

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20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

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Phone: 7096396519
Email: bjwhite@grenfell.mun.ca

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