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A brief history of Canada
Riendeau, Roger E., 1950-
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New York : Facts On File, [2000]

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x, 310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Exploring the North American frontier. the natural domain ; Accidental rediscovery -- The French empire in northern America, 1608-1760. The colonization of New France ; Royal government and a distinct society ; Clashing empires and frontiers -- The British North American colonies, 1760-1867. The challenge of imperial rule in British North America ; The emergence of colonial communities ; The expanding colonial economy ; From oligarchic rule to responsible government ; The road to confederation -- The foundations of Canadian nationhood, 1867-1931. Nation-building aspirations and strategies ; The clash of nationalisms and the resurgence of regionalism ; The wheat boom and national expansion; The confirmation of nationhood ; A society transformed --affluence and anxiety in the modern era. The perils of depression and war ; An expanding nation in the age of affluence ; The search for national unity ; Conflict and confrontation in the age of anxiety ; The illusion of consensus.
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Canada is all too often considered a mere extension of the United States

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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Canada is all too often considered a mere extension of the United States, and it is no accident that the Canadian--U.S. border is perhaps the most stable and peaceful on earth. Most Americans and, in truth, some Canadians, know embarrassingly little about our quiet neighbor's unique history--from its first sighting by the Norse to its full confederation in 1867 to today's social democracy. Now, in the wake of NAFTA and the Quebec crisis, A Brief History of Canada fills this gap with twenty authoritative chapters that combine solid reference value with helpful analysis. Beginning with the exploration of the Northern American frontier and continuing through the rise and fall of the French and British empires to the foundations of Canadian nationhood and the present day, A Brief History of Canada provides details unparalleled in a single-volume reference. Among the topics covered are: • The wilderness and the first peoples • The colonization of New France • The beginning of the fur trade • British rule • Immigration and western settlement • The Urban Reform movement • Relations with the United States • Post-Cold War diplomacy; • and more. Excerpted from A Brief History of Canada by Jan Rogozinski, Roger Reindeau All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Part 1 Exploring the Northern American Frontier
1 The Natural Domainp. 3
2 Accidental Rediscoveryp. 15
Part 2 The French Empire in Northern America, 1608-1760
3 The Colonization of New Francep. 29
4 Royal Government and a Distinct Societyp. 41
5 Clashing Empires and Frontiersp. 51
Part 3 The British North American Colonies, 1760-1867
6 The Challenge of Imperial Rule in British North Americap. 65
7 The Emergence of Colonial Communitiesp. 81
8 The Expanding Colonial Economyp. 97
9 From Oligarchic Rule to Responsible Governmentp. 108
10 The Road to Confederationp. 124
Part 4 The Foundations of Canadian Nationhood, 1867-1931
11 Nation-Building Aspirations and Strategiesp. 145
12 The Clash of Nationalisms and the Resurgence of Regionalismp. 161
13 The Wheat Boom and National Expansionp. 173
14 The Confirmation of Nationhoodp. 188
15 A Society Transformedp. 204
Part 5 Affluence and Anxiety in the Modern Era
16 The Perils of Depression and Warp. 221
17 An Expanding Nation in the Age of Affluencep. 236
18 The Search for National Unityp. 252
19 Conflict and Confrontation in the Age of Anxietyp. 265
20 The Illusion of Consensusp. 279
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 295
Photo Creditsp. 301
Indexp. 302