The Dream of Nation: A Social and Intellectual History of Quebec

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2002 - History - 344 pages
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Essential reading for an understanding of contemporary Quebec, The Dream of Nation traces the changing nature of various "dreams of nation," from the imperial dream of New France to the separatist dream of the 1980 referendum. Susan Mann demonstrates that these dreams, fashioned by elites in response to the recurring question of how to be French in North America, proposed an ever-elusive unanimity. She discusses how social, economic, and political pressures, as well as changing populations, invariably thwarted one dream and provided the makings of another.
A work of pioneering scholarship and remarkable synthesis, The Dream of Nation weaves together two of the dominant ideologies of the twentieth century: nationalism and feminism. A new preface contextualizes the 1982 edition and outlines the different contours of Quebec's latest thoughts on sovereignty.
  

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Contents

The Dream of Empire
1
Conquest
16
An Others Empire
33
The Birth of Nationalism
48
For Whom the Bell Tolls
67
Alliance for Survival
81
The Confederation Risk
100
The Clerical Offensive
115
The Prussians Are Next Door
201
Abbe Groulx Sounds the Alarm
218
The Search for Equilibrium
233
Ottawas War
249
Rally Round the Flag
266
RadioCanada
282
Noisy Evolution
298
Feminism Federalism and the Independence of Quebec
317

Nobody Meant to Stay
132
The End of Empire
150
The Twentieth Century Belongs to Quebec
167
Feminism Nationalism and the Clerical Defensive
184

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Mann is a visiting professor at the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women and president emeritus of York University.

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