Newfoundland and Labrador: A History

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University of Toronto Press, Apr 11, 2009 - History - 384 pages
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Published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador joining Canada, Sean T. Cadigan has written the book that will surely become the definitive history of one of North America's most distinct and beautiful regions. The site of the first European settlement by Vikings one thousand years ago, a former colony of England, and known at various times as Terra Nova and Newfoundland until its official name change to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001, this easternmost point of the continent has had a fascinating history in part because of its long-held position as the gateway between North America and Europe. Examining the region from prehistoric times to the present, Newfoundland and Labrador is not only a comprehensive history of the province, but an illuminating portrait of the Atlantic world and European colonisation of the Americas.

Cadigan comprehensively details everything from the first European settlements, the displacement and extinction of the indigenous Beothuk by European settlers, the conflicts between settlers and imperial governance, to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment's near annihilation at the Battle of the Somme, the rise of Newfoundland nationalism, Joey Smallwood's case for confederation, and the modernization and economic disappointments instigated by joining Canada. Paying particular attention to the ways in which Newfoundland and Labrador's history has been shaped by its environment, this study considers how natural resources such as the Grand Banks, the disappearance of cod, and off-shore oil have affected the region and its inhabitants.

Richly detailed, compelling, and written in an engaging and accessible style, Newfoundland and Labrador brings the rich and vibrant history of this remarkably interesting region to life.

 

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How well you like this book will probably depend on where you are standing. As in, "As an American, I found this very confusing, but I suspect it would make sense to a Newfoundlander." There are parts ... Read full review

Contents

IntroductionScarce Environmental LeewayNationalism and the Long Term inNewfoundland and Labrador
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1The First Peoples by the Sea
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2The European Encounter
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TheDevelopment of a Fishing Society16101775
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4Not Quite a Colony 17751824
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5A Colonial State 18241855
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6Responsible Government andLandward Industrialization18551895
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7Twilight of the National Policy18971908
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9Commission Depression and War19341945
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10The Land of Milk and Honey19461972
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11The Limits of Neonationalism19722003
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ConclusionNot a Natin
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Notes
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Bibliography
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Index
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Copyright

8The Politics of Hope andDemoralization 19081934
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About the author (2009)

Sean T. Cadigan is an associate professor in the Department of History at Memorial Universiy of Newfoundland.

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