University of Calgary

Maxwell Laurence Foran

  • Professor Emeritus of Communication - Media & Film


BEd, University of Calgary , MA History, University of Calgary , PhD History, University of Calgary


Max has written extensively on various western Canadian urban, rural and cultural topics with a present focus on ranching, and the urban growth and sustainability process. A long time teacher and former educational administrator, he sees the teaching process as underpinning all other academic endeavours. Current research focuses on urban land development.


Expansive Discourses: Urban Sprawl in Calgary 1945 - 1978 (AU Press, 2009)

Icon, Brand, Myth: The Calgary Stampede (AU Press, 2008)

Calgary, An Illustrated History, History of Canadian Cities Series, National Museums of Man (Toronto: James Lorimer,1978)

Calgary, Canada's Frontier Metropolis, with Heather Foran (Los Angeles: Windsor Publications,1982)

The Grant MacEwan Journals  Ed. (Edmonton: Lone Pine Publishing,1985)

The Citymakers: Calgarians After the Frontier Ed.. with Sheilagh Jameson (Calgary: Chinook Country Chapter, Alberta Historical Association,1986)

The People's Painter: The Life and Works of Roland Gissing Calgary: University of Calgary Press,1988

Earning Our Stripes: Fifty Years in Canada (Calgary: Chevron Canada Resources,1989)

The Chalk and the Easel: Stanford Perrott, Teacher, Painter, (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2001)

Trails and Trials: Markets and Land Use in the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1948 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2003)

Harm's Way: Disasters in Western Canada Ed. with A. W. Rasporich, University of Calgary Press, 2004

Icon, Brand, Myth: The Calgary Stampede Ed. (Athabasca University Press, 2008)

Expansive Discourses: Urban Sprawl in Calgary, 1945-1978 (Athabasca University Press, 2009)

Journal Articles

"A Forced Solution: the Depression and the Province of Alberta's Grazing Leasehold Policy, 1931-45," Cowboys, Ranchers and the Cattle Business: Across Border Perspectives, Selected Papers Canadian Cowboy Conference: New Perspectives on Canadian Ranching History, Calgary, September, 1997 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2000). 

"Fighting a Losing Battle: Canadian Stockmen and the American Tariffs, 1920-30," Agricultural History, Vol. 74, No. 4 (Fall, 2000), Pp. 775-798.

"'Hooves for Gallons': The Canada-Russia Barter Deal of 1932-33," Alberta History, Volume 49, Number 2 (Spring, 2001), Pp. 12-19

"The Price of Patriotism: Alberta Cattlemen and the Loss of the American Market, 1942-48," Great Plains Quarterly, Vol. 21, N0. 1 (Winter 2001), Pp. 17-28

"A Simple Man of Paradoxes," Grant MacEwan A Tribute. Special Edition of Alberta History  Vol 49, Number 4 (Autumn, 2001), Pp. 4-12    

"Crucial and Contentious: The Export Market and the Development of the Western Canadian Beef Cattle Industry,, 1881-1949," The American Review of Canadian Studies , Volume 32, No. 3 (Autumn, 2002).

"'Grassroots' History: Agricultural Land Use in Alberta," 50th Commemorative issue, Alberta History, Volume 51, Number 4 (Autumn), 2003

"Blurred Vision: The Calgary Union Stockyards Issue, 1913-14," Urban History Review/Review d'Histoire Urbaine, Vol. XXXII, No. 2 (Spring, 2004)

"It Could Have Been Much Worse: Foot and Mouth Disease in Saskatchewan, 1952," Harm's Way: Disasters in Western Canada. Eds. Max Foran and A.W. Rasporich.  (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2004)

"From Bad To Worse: Calgary's Housing Crisis and William Aberhart's Debt Legislation 1935-45" to Alberta History, Winter, 2003

"Constancy Amid Change: Ranching in Western Canada'" Challenging Frontiers: The Canadian West. Eds. Lorry Felske and Beverly Rasporich (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2004), Pp. 311-328

"Stanford Perrott: Apostle of the Arts," Remembering Chinook Country: Told and Untold Stories of Our Past. The Chinook Country Historical Society Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd., 2005

"More Than Ten Days of Fun: The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede," Alberta: A State of Mind. Eds. Sidney Sharpe, Roger Gibbons, James Marsh (Toronto: Key Porter Books Limited, 2005)

"Searching for Stability: Aspects of the Alberta Beef Cattle Industry, 1881-1950," Alberta Beef Magazine, Fall, 2005

"1967: Embracing the Future At Arm's Length," Alberta Formed Alberta Transformed, Vol 2. Eds M Payne, D Wetherell and Kathy Cavanaugh. University of Calgary and Alberta Presses, 2006

"Lassoed and Branded: The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and the City of Calgary, 1889-1976," Urban History Review, Spring, 2006

"Alberta Canada: Frontiers and Fusions in North America's Last Best West," Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June30-July 11, 2006 Washington DC.        

"Coalitions and Demolitions: The Destruction of Calgary's East Victoria Park, 1960-1998" to Prairie Forum, May 2005, 17-45

"Hands and Fists Across the Border: Canadian and American Cattlemen in the Twentieth Century," Alberta History  56:2, Spring 2008

Photograph of Maxwell Laurence Foran
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