A Short History of Canada

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McClelland & Stewart, 2001 - History - 395 pages
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“Canadians believe that their history is short, boring and irrelevant. They are wrong on all counts.” – Desmond Morton, from the Introduction

Most of us know bits and pieces of our history but would like to be more sure of how it all fits together. The trick is to find a history that is so absorbing you will want to read it from beginning to end. With this completely revised and expanded edition of A Short History of Canada, Desmond Morton, one of Canada’s most noted and highly respected historians, shows how the choices we can make at the dawn of the 21st century have been shaped by history.

Morton is keenly aware of the links connecting our present, our past, and our future, and in one compact and engrossing volume he pulls off the remarkable feat of bringing it all together – from the First Nations before the arrival of the Europeans to the failure of the Charlottetown accord and Jean Chretien’s third term as prime minister. His acute observations on the Diefenbaker era, the effects of the post-war influx of immigrants, the flag debate, the baby boom, the Trudeau years and the constitutional crisis, the Quebec referendum, and the rise of the Canadian Alliance all provide an invaluable background to understanding the way Canada works today.

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User Review  - Brett Gamble - Goodreads

Even though I read this book cover to cover I found it far more descriptive of Canadian politics than a 'short history of Canada'. I was disappointed but it did improve my political understanding and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Will - Goodreads

Other reviewers have already made the point: this is almost exclusively a political, economic, and military history of Canada. No mentions of hockey, and almost nothing about Canada's cultural or ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Desmond Morton is the author of thirty-one books on Canada and is a frequent contributor to the CBC, Radio-Canada, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, and the Ottawa Citizen. He lives in Montreal.

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