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A Concise History of Canada

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  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521744430

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  • Margaret Conrad's history of Canada begins with a challenge to its readers. What is Canada? What makes up this diverse, complex and often contested nation-state? What was its founding moment? And who are its people? Drawing on her many years of experience as a scholar, writer and teacher of Canadian history, Conrad offers astute answers to these difficult questions. Beginning in Canada's deep past with the arrival of its Aboriginal peoples, she traces its history through the conquest by Europeans, the American Revolutionary War and the industrialization of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to its prosperous present. Despite its successes and its popularity as a destination for immigrants from across the world, Canada remains a curiously reluctant player on the international stage. This intelligent, concise and lucid book explains just why that is.

    • An engaging history of Canada by one of its most eminent historians
    • The people of Canada, their forebears as well as the most recent arrivals, are at the heart of the narrative which favours social and cultural history
    • For students and those with an interest in North America and its deep past
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    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521744430
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 137 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 54 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a cautious country
    1. Since time immemorial
    2. Natives and newcomers, 1000–1661
    3. New France, 1661–1763
    4. A revolutionary age, 1763–1821
    5. Transatlantic communities, 1815–49
    6. Coming together, 1850–85
    7. Making progress, 1885–1914
    8. Hanging on, 1914–45
    9. Liberalism triumphant, 1945–84
    10. Interesting times, 1984–2010.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Canada
    • History of Canada
    • North American Environmental History
  • Author

    Margaret Conrad, University of New Brunswick
    Margaret Conrad is Professor Emerita at the University of New Brunswick, Canada and has published widely in the fields of Canadian and women's history. Her publications include Atlantic Canada: A History, with James K. Hiller (2010), History of the Canadian Peoples, with Alvin Finkel (2009), No Place Like Home: The Diaries and Letters of Nova Scotia Women, with Toni Laidlaw and Donna Smyth (1988), and George Nowlan: Maritime Conservative in National Politics (1986). A founding member of the Editorial Board of Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, she was also instrumental in the founding of the Planter Studies Centre at Acadia University, where she was a member of the history department from 1969 to 2002. She held the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick (2002–9) and Nancy's Chair at Mount Saint Vincent University (1996–8). An Officer of the Order of Canada since 2004, she is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

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