Speaking Up: A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec by Marcel MartelSpeaking Up: A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec by Marcel Martel

Speaking Up: A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec

byMarcel Martel, Martin Pâquet

Paperback | October 29, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info

$26.96 online 
$29.95 list price save 9%
Earn 135 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 3-5 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Language issues have always been subject to debate in Canada. From the Conquest to the Quiet Revolution to the crisis of Regulation 17 to the various judgments of the Supreme Court, these often virulent debates have mobilized citizens - deeply concerned about recognition of their language and their rights - in the street, the media, or the courts. The state has responded with commissions of inquiry, legislation and legal action, and even police surveillance of citizens.

Speaking Up captures the complex and fascinating history of the relationship between language and politics in Canada and Quebec from 1539 to the present. Nuanced and unbiased yet empathetic, the book reveals that the language issue has been at the heart of this country's political life for centuries.

Translated from the multiple-award-winning Langue et politique au Canada et au Québec (Boréal, 2010). We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the National Translation Program for Book Publishing for our translation activities.

Marcel Martel is professor of history and holds the Avie Bennett Historica-Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History at York University. Martin Pâquet is professor of history at Université Laval and holds the Chair for the Development of Research in French Culture in North America (CÉFAN).
Title:Speaking Up: A History of Language and Politics in Canada and QuebecFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:October 29, 2012Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926662938

ISBN - 13:9781926662930

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: From Religion to Language: 1539?1848
  • Chapter 2: The First Language Tremors: The School Crises in Canada, 1848??1927
  • Chapter 3: All Quiet on the Front: From the Repeal of Regulation 17 to the Laurendeau-Dunton Commission, 1927?63
  • Chapter 4: Action-Reaction: Commissions of Inquiry and Agitation, 1963??69
  • Chapter 5: Action: Language Laws, 1969??82
  • Chapter 6: Law and Language Since 1982
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"Through its impressive national scope, Speaking Up sheds new light on the history of minority-majority relations in the country. With a subtle understanding of the concerns of linguistic groups, primarily French and English, but also including Aboriginal and other languages, Martel and Pâquet deliver an engaging and convincing exploration of ethnic identities, schooling conflicts, and communication politics in a complex country."