The Making of the Nations and Cultures of the New World: An Essay in Comparative History by Gérard BouchardThe Making of the Nations and Cultures of the New World: An Essay in Comparative History by Gérard Bouchard

The Making of the Nations and Cultures of the New World: An Essay in Comparative History

byGérard Bouchard

Paperback | March 3, 2008

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Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand emerged as nations. Through conquest and violent appropriation, European immigrants settled these lands and soon developed a sense of belonging, most potently expressed in identity, memory, and the belief in utopias. Many of these new collectivities or founding nations succeeded in breaking their colonial links to achieve political and cultural emancipation from their European mother country. The Making of the Nations and Cultures of the New World explores the question of how a culture - a collective imaginary - is born. Gérard Bouchard compares the historical itineraries of New World collectivities, which were driven by a dream of freedom and sovereignty, and finds major differences as well as striking commonalities in their formation and evolution. He also considers the myths and discursive strategies devised by the elites to unite and mobilize very diversified populations.The first English translation of Genèse des nations et cultures du Nouveau Monde, winner of a Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award.in 2000, this acclaimed book provides important insights for contemporary nations in crisis.
Gérard Bouchard is professor, human sciences, Université de Québec à Chicoutimi, and the author of numerous books, including Quelques arpents d'Amérique : population, économie, famille au Saguenay, 1838-1971, which won the 2000 Francois-Xavier Garneau Me
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Title:The Making of the Nations and Cultures of the New World: An Essay in Comparative HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 3, 2008Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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"A masterful work on the evolution of new collectivities and their preoccupations with identity, in which the originality of the thinking and the elegance of the style are matched by extensive research and the topicality of the theme. This plea for comparative history takes a new look at Quebec society and the path it has taken in the world." Governor General's Literary Awards Jury