Newfoundland and Labrador: A History by Sean CadiganNewfoundland and Labrador: A History by Sean Cadigan

Newfoundland and Labrador: A History

bySean Cadigan

Paperback | March 14, 2009

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Published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador joining Canada, Sean T. Cadigan has written the book that will surely become the definitive history of one of North America's most distinct and beautiful regions. The site of the first European settlement by Vikings one thousand years ago, a former colony of England, and known at various times as Terra Nova and Newfoundland until its official name change to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001, this easternmost point of the continent has had a fascinating history in part because of its long-held position as the gateway between North America and Europe. Examining the region from prehistoric times to the present, Newfoundland and Labrador is not only a comprehensive history of the province, but an illuminating portrait of the Atlantic world and European colonisation of the Americas.

Cadigan comprehensively details everything from the first European settlements, the displacement and extinction of the indigenous Beothuk by European settlers, the conflicts between settlers and imperial governance, to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment's near annihilation at the Battle of the Somme, the rise of Newfoundland nationalism, Joey Smallwood's case for confederation, and the modernization and economic disappointments instigated by joining Canada. Paying particular attention to the ways in which Newfoundland and Labrador's history has been shaped by its environment, this study considers how natural resources such as the Grand Banks, the disappearance of cod, and off-shore oil have affected the region and its inhabitants.

Richly detailed, compelling, and written in an engaging and accessible style, Newfoundland and Labrador brings the rich and vibrant history of this remarkably interesting region to life.

Sean T. Cadigan is an associate professor in the Department of History at Memorial Universiy of Newfoundland.
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Title:Newfoundland and Labrador: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.5 × 6.56 × 1 inPublished:March 14, 2009Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802082475

ISBN - 13:9780802082473

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Table of Contents

    acknowledgments / vii
    maps / ix

    Introduction: Scarce Environmental Leeway, Nationalism, and theLong Term in Newfoundland and Labrador / 3
  1. The First Peoples by the Sea / 13
  2. The European Encounter / 26
  3. Migrants and Settlers: The Development of a Fishing Society,1610-1775 / 45
  4. Not Quite a Colony, 1775-1824 / 72
  5. A Colonial State, 1824-1855 / 98
  6. Responsible Government and Landward Industrialization,1855-1895 / 125
  7. Twilight of the National Policy, 1897-1908 / 154
  8. The Politics of Hope and Demoralization, 1908-1934 / 176
  9. Commission, Depression, and War, 1934-1945 / 209
  10. The Land of Milk and Honey, 1946-1972 / 235
  11. The Limits of Neo-nationalism, 1972-2003 / 260
    Conclusion: Not a Nation / 287

    notes / 299
    bibliography / 321
    index / 345

Editorial Reviews

‘Newfoundland & Labrador is an excellent survey and provocative interpretation of the province's history A remarkable book which deserves wide readership and discussion in the province and beyond.’ - Duff Sutherland: Labour/leTravail, vol 67: Spring2011