Canada's Odyssey
150 years after Confederation, Canada is known around the world for its social diversity and its commitment to principles of multiculturalism. But the road to contemporary Canada is a winding one, a story of division and conflict as well as union and accommodation.In Canada’s Odyssey, renowned scholar Peter H. Russell provides an expansive, accessible account of Canadian history from the pre-Confederation period to the present day. By focusing on what he calls the "three pillars" of English Canada, French Canada, and Aboriginal Canada, Russell advances an important view of our country as one founded on and informed by "incomplete conquests". It is the very incompleteness of these conquests that have made Canada what it is today, not just a multicultural society but a multinational one.Featuring the scope and vivid characterizations of an epic novel, Canada’s /i>Odyssey

Canada's Odyssey Details

TitleCanada's Odyssey
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseJun 16th, 2017
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
ISBN1487502044
ISBN-139781487502041
Number of pages520 pages
Rating
GenreHistory

Canada's Odyssey Review

  • Bob
    June 20, 2017
    A very digestible history of Canada - not just the last 150 years since New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined Canada under a written constitution (the BNA Act 1867), but from the British conquest in the seven years war, after which France gave up Canada as a result of losing mastery of the seas. At that point Quebec and points west were dominated by French and aboriginal peoples. After the American revolution loyalists soon became a majority in Upper Canada, although most loyalists went to the Ma A very digestible history of Canada - not just the last 150 years since New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined Canada under a written constitution (the BNA Act 1867), but from the British conquest in the seven years war, after which France gave up Canada as a result of losing mastery of the seas. At that point Quebec and points west were dominated by French and aboriginal peoples. After the American revolution loyalists soon became a majority in Upper Canada, although most loyalists went to the Maritimes or Britain. Peace with aboriginal people and Canadiens (French) was essential to the defense of British North America, so neither were subjugated under British rule - French law, religion, language and traditions continued in Quebec, and treaties were made with Indian nations. Only later, after the anglophone population became dominant and aboriginal populations were reduced by diseases, were aboriginal peoples increasingly treated as conquered peoples, although they never were conquered. Since Lord Durham recommended a merger of Upper and Lower Canada in the 1840s in a failed attempt to swamp French Canadians in a mostly anglophone province, Canada has mainly been a story of the relationship between the French Catholic majority in Lower Canada/Quebec with the anglo Protestant majority in the rest of the country, at least until recently. Since the human rights revolution following world war 2, and the charter of rights and freedoms of 1982, the relationship between Canada and aboriginal nations has been increasingly important.Quibbles: p.44 The Mohawk river flows east to not west from Albanyp.204 The 1912 extension of the Manitoba-Ontario boundary was to Hudson Bay, but never to the sixtieth parallelp. 256 2 mentions of "East Asian" should be "South Asian"p. 450 While it is true that "skewed outcomes have persuaded most parliamentary democracies in the Western world and the Commonwealth to use electoral systems that provide a fair degree of proportionality", there is no need to include the "parliamentary" restriction - most democracies use some sort of proportional representationp. 452 "popular government" is a misnomer when such a government is elected by a minority of votes cast.
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  • Nader Rizkalla
    June 9, 2017
    This book is a very good introduction to anyone who wants to understand the roots of Canada's political structure, government and constitution.
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