Canadas First Century (Reissue)

Paperback | April 3, 2012

byDonald Creighton, Donald Wright

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Award-winning author Donald Creighton was a Red Ensign nationalist and firm supporter of the British Empire. At the time of writing this book, in 1970, he had come to believe that Canada was a lost cause. When everyone else was celebrating Canada's centennial, he was busy writing his ownlament for a nation. Canada's First Century paints a large and complex canvas of historical rise and fall: a great transcontinental nation is built, but it is eventually undone as Canada turns its back on the British Empire and embraces a continental role alongside the United States. A courageousand contentious book for its day - Creighton is intensely anti-American and highly critical of Quebec nationalism - it was met with criticism, but, as Donald Wright points out, Canada's First Century initially outsold Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex and, for a time, even the Bible.A beautifully written, in-depth introduction by Donald Wright explores Creighton's larger understanding of Canadian history, his preoccupation with Canada's role in the Empire, and his major contribution to economics and geography as a key feature of history.

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Award-winning author Donald Creighton was a Red Ensign nationalist and firm supporter of the British Empire. At the time of writing this book, in 1970, he had come to believe that Canada was a lost cause. When everyone else was celebrating Canada's centennial, he was busy writing his ownlament for a nation. Canada's First Century paint...

Donald Creighton (1902-1979) was English Canada's leading historian. A member of the University of Toronto's Department of History, Creighton wrote a dozen books including The Commercial Empire of the St Lawrence, the two-volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, and The Road to Confederation. For his outstanding contributions to Can...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.06 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195449223

ISBN - 13:9780195449228

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Wynford EditionList of Illustrations1. Confederation and Expansion2. National Decisions3. Time of Troubles4. A Nation on Trial5. The End of Colonial Security6. The Consequences of Success7. The Great Divide8. Unrest and Dissent9. The Mackenzie King Millennium10. The Crash11. The Politics of Evasion12. The Return to Colonial Status13. The Rule of the Professionals14. Point of No Return15. Obscure DestinyEpilogue: Ottawa, 1967Books for Further ReadingIndex

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"A fascinating read." --The Canadian Book Review