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Canadian History for Dummies

by Will Ferguson

Wiley | June 21, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Canadian History for Dummies is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 6.
A wild ride through Canadian history, fully revised and updated!

This new edition of Canadian History For Dummies takes readers on a thrilling ride through Canadian history, from indigenous native cultures and early French and British settlements through Paul Martin''s shaky minority government. This timely update features all the latest, up-to-the-minute findings in historical and archeological research. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada''s double-gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien''s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the recent sponsorship scandal.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.25 × 7.4 × 1.14 in

Published: June 21, 2005

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470836563

ISBN - 13: 9780470836569

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scholarly, Entertaining, Lively and Exciting! What an achievement this is! Who said our history was boring? Will Ferguson's book is well researched and well referenced ( and could quite easily be used in a history undergraduate course). But it is also highly entertaining and readable. Our history as told faithfully and beautifully in this book could be the stuff of several blockbuster films! It is only the uncommon achievement of an uncommon story teller that combines historical accuracy, readability and a lively, vigorous and lucid style. Will Ferguson is all that and more! He brings a gentle humor, a genuine love for Canada into this book - and that quintissential Canadian character of being able to laugh at oneself.
Date published: 2006-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, brief overview Light treatment covering prehistory, through Vikings, early Europeans, and up to Belinda Stronach. Helps with understanding of English vs French conflict and Canada-US relations. Focus on Prime Ministers and their legacies. Easy, quick read. Great place from which to pursue further reading. List of websites provided for further research.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just your average American... Considering how most citizens of the USA are ignorant of their Canadian neighbors, I found this book to be quite enjoyable and it opened my eyes to see just how close...and how different...our common histories are. At least now I know what a Trudeau Salute is! I recommend this book as a starting point for all Americans who want to understand Canada.
Date published: 2003-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canada to the max This has to be the most enjoyable history book I have ever read. It is a concise history of Canada presented in a most enjoyable way. There is very little, if any bias towards any of the multiple ethnic groups represented in our great history. I found this so enjoyable that I have included it in my daughter's education. If I had studied Canadian history this way as a child I wouldn't have found it so boring. Kudos to Will Ferguson.
Date published: 2001-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Book I agree completely with your first reviewer. Will Ferguson's book is undoubtedly a classic.Mr. Ferguson has a unique blend of the elegance, style and rythm of a celebrated novelist, together with the earthy simplicity and directness of a traditional story teller. This is always a difficult blend to achieve and separates out the good from the great. Canadian History for Dummies is relentless in its pursuit of the Truth and as a result, achieves all that a great book of history should - fairness, accuracy, justice and complete impartiality in its presentation of the facts. It is much more of course, than a great book of history - it is storytelling at its masterful best, it is lucid, entertaining and elegant; its style is alternately majestic and subdued, and elevated and exultant as the rythm of the history of this great Land unfolds. A true classic for all time.
Date published: 2001-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canadian History for Dummies...Is great! This book is both funny, entertaining and very informative. For anyone that wants to know more about this wonderful country without reading dry history books! A good sit-down read or a book to pick up and read a few pages. Very well written, I enjoyed it a lot!!!
Date published: 2000-12-06

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Canadian History for Dummies

by Will Ferguson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.25 × 7.4 × 1.14 in

Published: June 21, 2005

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470836563

ISBN - 13: 9780470836569

About the Book

"Canadian History For Dummies, 2nd edition takes readers on a wild ride through Canadian history, from its first nations heritage right through to Paul Martin's shaky minority government. Previous sections have been revised with up-to-the-minute scholarship, and a new chapter covers the eventful half-decade since the publication of the first edition. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canadas double-gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chritien's decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the sponsorship scandal.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION. Introduction. PART I: WHEN WORLD''S COLLIDE. Chapter 1. First Nations. Chapter 2. First Contact. PART II: THE RISE OF NEW FRANCE (1608—1701). Chapter 3. The Early Years. Chapter 4. Life in New France. Chapter 5. The Fur Wars. PART III: THE FALL OF NEW FRANCE (1701—1766). Chapter 6. Acadia. Chapter 7. The Conquest. Chapter 8. Aftermath. PART IV: CANADA: THE FAILED REPUBLIC? (1766—1838). Chapter 9. Canada and the American Revolution. Chapter 10. The war of 1812. Chapter 11. The Rebellions of 1837. PART V: THE ROADS TO CONFEDERATION (1838—1891). Chapter 12. The Fight for Responsible Government. Chapter 13. The Confederation Waltz. Chapter 14. From Sea to Sea. PART VI: THE END OF"ENGLISH" CANADA (1891—1929). Chapter 15. "Suuny Ways": The Laurier Years. Chapter 16. Borden and the Great War. Chapter 17. On the Homefront. PART VII: DARK DAYS (1929—1959). Chapter 18. The Dirty Thirties. Chapter 19. World War II. Chapter 20. Canada and the Cold War. PART VIII: NOISY EVOLUTION (1960—1993). Chapter 21. The Battle for Québec. Chapter 22. A Charter Country. Chapter 23. "Yankee Doodle Dandy": The Mulroney Years. PART IX: TOWARD A ONY-PARTY RULE (1993—2005). Chapter 24. The Chrétien Era. Chapter 25. Junior Martin Takes Over. PART X: THE PART OF TENS. Chapter 26. Ten Great Canadian Quotations– Pre-and Post-Confederation. Chapter 27. Five Important English and French Pairs. Chapter 28. Ten Import
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From the Publisher

A wild ride through Canadian history, fully revised and updated!

This new edition of Canadian History For Dummies takes readers on a thrilling ride through Canadian history, from indigenous native cultures and early French and British settlements through Paul Martin''s shaky minority government. This timely update features all the latest, up-to-the-minute findings in historical and archeological research. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada''s double-gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien''s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the recent sponsorship scandal.

From the Jacket

Canadian History For Dummies, 2nd edition takes readers on a wild ride through Canadian history, from its first nations heritage right through to Paul Martin''s shaky minority government. Previous sections have been revised with up-to-the-minute scholarship, and a new chapter covers the eventful half-decade since the publication of the first edition. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada''s double-gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien''s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the sponsorship scandal.

About the Author

Will Ferguson has lived and worked in every region of Canada, from the Okanagan Valley of BC to the farmlands of rural Quebec, from Saskatoon to southern Ontario, from Manitoba to PEI.
He is the author of several bestselling books on Canadian history and culture, including the Leacock Medal for Humour-winning Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw (a travel memoir), and Bastards & Boneheads (a study in Canadian leadership styles). With his brother Ian, he wrote the wildly successful humour book How to Be a Canadian, which sold over 145,000 copies and won the Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
Will''s debut novel Happiness (originally published under the title Generica) won the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. It has been published in 31 countries and 24 languages around the world.
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