An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity

Paperback | November 20, 2013

byPeter Gossage, Jack Little

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Some 7,500 years ago, the continental ice sheet retreated from the landscape we now know as Quebec. This cold, unique, and beautiful land has continued to shift with the movement of peoples and their often troubled interactions. The retreating ice marks the beginning of this fascinating and richly illustrated history. Peter Gossage and Jack Little recount the history of Quebec from the earliest days to the present in concise and elegant prose. By around 1000 BCE the Iroquois of the St. Lawrence Valley were making potteryand cultivating crops, with evidence of trade as far as the Gulf of Mexico. Of course European contact changed this world forever, from the introduction of metal to the introduction of Christianity. Early settlements became a militarized colony; Wolfe defeated Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham; andcontrol of the colony's commerce slipped into the hands of English-speaking merchants, setting the stage for political conflict in the early nineteenth century. At the same time, the Industrial Revolution brought increased tension between tradition and modernity-two forces that even today can bedifficult to reconcile. Quebec, in its often uneasy union with the rest of Canada (not to mention its own Aboriginal peoples), continues to evolve as its population becomes ever more diverse.Detailed chapters on modern Quebec evaluate the political turmoil of recent years, from constitutional wrangles, to the Oka crisis, to sovereignty discussions, and the debate about cultural accommodation. Quebec remains a "curious and fascinating political space," a beacon of French-language culturein North America, and an extraordinary nation within a nation.Rarely seen illustrations are accompanied by in-depth captions, opening a world of visual narrative to the history of this complex society.

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Some 7,500 years ago, the continental ice sheet retreated from the landscape we now know as Quebec. This cold, unique, and beautiful land has continued to shift with the movement of peoples and their often troubled interactions. The retreating ice marks the beginning of this fascinating and richly illustrated history. Peter Gossage and...

Peter Gossage is a professor in the Department of History at Concordia University. He is the author of Families in Transition: Industry and Population in Nineteenth-Century Saint-Hyacinthe (McGill-Queen's, 1999) and co-author, with Danielle Gauvreau and Diane Gervais, of La Fecondite des Quebecoises, 1870-1970: D'une exception a l'autr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Tradition and Modernity1. The Fur Trade Colony2. The Settlement Colony3. The Military Colony4. Political Conflict and Rebellion5. The Liberal State6. The Nationalist Reaction7. An Industrial Revolution8. Cities and Towns9. Nationalists and Liberals10. A Great Darkness?11. Le Debut d'un Temps Nouveau12. Sovereignty in Question13. Contemporary QuebecNotesIndex

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"This should become the go-to history of Quebec." --Brian Young, Canada's History