A Brief History of Canada

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This single volume provides a concise, highly readable introduction to the growth and development of a unique land and its people. Veteran historian Roger Riendeau masterfully surveys the origins of Canada from its First peoples through European contact, the rise and fall of the French Empire, English Conquest, the road to nationhood, and the struggles of a complex society to the end of the second millennium.

Complete with text illustrations, maps, and an exhaustive index, A Brief History of Canada is a readily accessible reference for students and an engaging narrative for anyone who wants to learn more about this diverse and often enigmatic land.

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All too often Americans dismiss Canadians as a nondescript people living above the 49th parallel with a boring history. On the contrary, as Riendeau (Univ. of Toronto) demonstrates in his credible analysis of the Canadian past, Canada has a history as vibrant as any in the world. The book covers a wide range of topics--geographical features, the Norse discovery, the fall of New France, nationhood, and finally, the modern era. Riendeau has written a good text enriched by photos, maps, and a bibliography for further reading. This is a worthy addition for public and academic libraries.--Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., British Columbia Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Explains forces that have driven Canada's development over the last 400 years, in an attempt to motivate Canadian and non-Canadian readers to become more interested in Canada and to appreciate its complexities and subtleties. Material is organized in five chronological sections, from the pre-settlement era to the present. Includes some 20 b&w photos and eight maps. The author is a senior lecturer at Innis College, University of Toronto, and a member of the university's Center for Urban and Community Studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550415551
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2000
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,419,564
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 Exploring the Northern American Frontier
1 The Natural Domain 3
2 Accidental Rediscovery 15
Part 2 The French Empire in Northern America, 1608-1760
3 The Colonization of New France 29
4 Royal Government and a Distinct Society 41
5 Clashing Empires and Frontiers 51
Part 3 The British North American Colonies, 1760-1867
6 The Challenge of Imperial Rule in British North America 65
7 The Emergence of Colonial Communities 81
8 The Expanding Colonial Economy 97
9 From Oligarchic Rule to Responsible Government 108
10 The Road to Confederation 124
Part 4 The Foundations of Canadian Nationhood, 1867-1931
11 Nation-Building Aspirations and Strategies 145
12 The Clash of Nationalisms and the Resurgence of Regionalism 161
13 The Wheat Boom and National Expansion 173
14 The Confirmation of Nationhood 188
15 A Society Transformed 204
Part 5 Affluence and Anxiety in the Modern Era
16 The Perils of Depression and War 221
17 An Expanding Nation in the Age of Affluence 236
18 The Search for National Unity 252
19 Conflict and Confrontation in the Age of Anxiety 265
20 The Illusion of Consensus 279
Suggestions for Further Reading 295
Photo Credits 301
Index 302
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003


    I'm a 14 year old who is doing a research paper on Canada (our quiet neighbor) and I found this book easily readable and well written. It was clear,consise, and had all the info anyone could ever possibly need on Canada's history! I LOVED THIS BOOK!

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