The History of Canada / Edition 1

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Overview

This beautifully written narrative history paints a magnificent picture of the second largest nation on earth. Canada, with its overarching geography of over one million bodies of water, endless prairies, frozen reaches of the north, and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, holds many stunning lands. Often portrayed by the American media as but a pale reflection of the United States, Canada, as displayed here, has a truly complex and intricate image. The political struggles of the past and present and the clash over issues of ethnicity, race, religion, language, and culture are just some of the details that mark this country's unmatched uniqueness. From the earliest contact between Amerindians and Europeans to the current burden of regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity that characterizes Canada in the early 21st century, this history draws the reader into the drama that is Canada.

Since its earliest settlement by the French and the British and its struggle as an arena between those contesting empires, Canada has been a center for disagreement and debate. This work examines the economic, political, and ethnic issues of this century, including Canada's participation in world affairs. Short biographies of notable people in Canadian history, a list of all the Prime Ministers in Canada, a timeline of important events, and a bibliographic essay of recommended books and websites add reference value to this engagingly written history.

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See (history, U. of Maine) presents this text exploring aspects of Canadian history which he feels are essential for taking an American reader beyond the stereotypical images of Canada generally portrayed in American media. The first chapter provides a brief description of Canada's geography, its current political systems, economy, society and culture. Subsequent chapters trace the historical development from prehistory to contemporary Canada. An appendix provides biographical sketches of Canada's most important figures. Written for students and interested laypeople wanting an up-to-date, concise, and analytical history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

SCOTT W. SEE is Libra Professor of History at the University of Maine.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Timeline of Historical Events
1 The Best Country on Earth 1
2 Native Peoples, Europeans, and a Clash of Cultures (Prehistory-1663) 21
3 The Age of New France (1663-1763) 39
4 British North America (1763-1850s) 57
5 Confederation and National Expansion (1850s-1890s) 77
6 A New Century (1890s-1929) 97
7 Trial of Nationhood: Depression and the War (1929-1945) 119
8 Cold War Canada (1945-1960s) 141
9 One Nation or Two? (1960s-1984) 161
10 Contemporary Canada (1984-2000) 181
Notable People in the History of Canada 203
App Prime Ministers of Canada 215
Bibliographic Essay 217
Index 221
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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    $55 for a e-book???

    Why is the hardcover cheaper?

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