A Brief History of Canada by Roger RiendeauA Brief History of Canada by Roger Riendeau

A Brief History of Canada

byRoger Riendeau

Paperback | December 15, 1999

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This single volume provides a concise, highly readable introduction to the growth and development of a unique land and its people. Veteran historian Roger Riendeau masterfully surveys the origins of Canada from its First peoples through European contact, the rise and fall of the French Empire, English Conquest, the road to nationhood, and the struggles of a complex society to the end of the second millennium.

Complete with text illustrations, maps, and an exhaustive index, A Brief History of Canada is a readily accessible reference for students and an engaging narrative for anyone who wants to learn more about this diverse and often enigmatic land.

Roger Riendeau is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
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Title:A Brief History of CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550415557

ISBN - 13:9781550415551

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best History of Canada This is by far the best recent history of Canada for the general reader. I make this judgment based on having read this book and two similar works over the last six months. The other two books were Desmond Morton’s A Short History of Canada, and Robert Bothwell’s The Penguin History of Canada. By way of background: I am a volunteer guide at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. I consulted these 3 books in order to get a contemporary view of general Canadian history, into which I could fit the military exhibits in the Museum. Desmond Morton, of course, is one of the grand old men of Canadian history, and so it is with sadness that I have to report that his book is a great disappointment. It is by far the shortest of the three, and as a result degenerates into not much more than a list of names and events, with no attempt to trace threads or trends or provide understanding. It might be of some use to newcomers to Canadian history for whom such a list could be a starting point. Robert Bothwell is a well-known Canadian academic and commentator on current events. His book provides an intelligent account of our national history, with particular stress on its relationship to European and world history. If Riendeau’s book did not exist, then Bothwell’s would be the work of choice. But Riendeau’s book does exist, and it puts both of the others in the shade. Despite is title, it is by far the longest of the three, and provides the most complete and in-depth account of Canada’s history, and not just political history but economic, social and cultural history as well. It also has an excellent index, which makes it a very useful reference source. But most importantly, this is the book that leads us to a genuine understanding of Canada’s past, and the forces and decisions which have resulted in the complex country we know today. The book is clear, forceful and compelling in its structure and its style, and is a model of what such a historical work should be. I recommend it to anyone seeking a genuine grasp of our history.
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Illusion of Brief This book unlike most books on Canadian history starts at the beginning and ends at the present. It is prehaps the best of its kind, and certainly the least biased Canadian history book that I have read in a while. It does have a strong economic flavour and is a must read for anyone outside Canada wishing to understand who Canadians are and how they work.
Date published: 2000-11-20

Table of Contents


PREFACE

PART ONE
EXPLORING THE NORTHERN AMERICAN FRONTIER
    1 The Natural Domain
    2 Accidental Rediscovery

PART TWO
THE FRENCH EMPIRE IN NORTHERN AMERICA, 1608-1760
    3 The Colonization of New France
    4 Royal Government and a Distinct Society
    5 Clashing Empires and Frontiers

PART THREE
THE BRITISH NORTH AMERICAN COLONIES, 1760-1867
    6 The Challenge of Imperial Rule in British North America
    7 The Emergence of Colonial Communities
    8 The The Expanding Colonial Economy
    9 From Oligarchic Rule to Responsible Government
    10 The Road to Confederation

PART FOUR
THE FOUNDATIONS OF CANADIAN NATIONHOOD, 1867-1931
    11 Nation-Building Aspirations and Strategies
    12 The Clash of Nationalisms and the Resurgence of Regionalism
    13 The Wheat Boom and National Expansion
    14 The Confirmation of Nationhood
    15 A Society Transformed

PART FIVE
AFFLUENCE AND ANXIETY IN THE MODERN ERA
    16 The Perils of Depression and War
    17 An Expanding Nation in the Age of Affluence
    18 The Search for National Unity
    19 Conflict and Confrontation in the Age of Anxiety
    20 The Illusion of Consensus

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From Our Editors

In recent years, people worldwide generally perceive Canada to be one of the best countries in the world in which to live. Now you can look into Canada’s rich yet recent past in A Brief History of Canada. Roger Riendeau focuses on such topics as the North American frontier; the colonization of New France; the British Colonies; Canadian nationalism; and the problems in the modern era. From Confederation to sovereignty in Quebec, this comprehensive study touches on every aspect of Canadian history that has helped shape this wonderful country.

Editorial Reviews

." . . that's what is good about this book . . . it's the leaping-off point to be able to go and read more. But to be able to summarize everything so well I think is a huge benefit." - Talking Books, CBC This Morning" . . . a concise, highly readable introduction to the growth and development of a unique land and its people. In this single volume narrative, veteran historian Roger Riendeau masterfully surveys the origins of Canada from its First people through European contact, the rise and fall of the French empire, English conquest, the road to nationhood and the struggle of a complex society to the end of the second millennium. . . a readily accessible reference for students and an engaging narrative for anyone who wants to learn more about this diverse and often enigmatic land." - George Bonavia, "From My Bookshelf" ..."a convenient package for students looking for a comprehensive introduction to Canadian history." - Canadian Book Review Annual