The Other Quiet Revolution: National Identities in English Canada, 1945-71

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - History - 288 pages
In the twenty years following the Second World War, representations of national identity in anglophone Canada underwent a deep transformation. Ethnic definitions of Canadian identity gave way to a rights-based concept of citizenship. The Other Quiet Revolution traces this under-examined cultural transformation woven through key developments in the formation of Canadian nationhood, from the 1946 Citizenship Act and the 1956 Suez crisis to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-1970) and the adoption of the federal multiculturalism policy in 1971. In this elegant work, Jos Igartua analyzes editorial opinion, political rhetoric, history textbooks, and public opinion polls to show how Canada's self-conception as a British country extended into the 1950s. In the decade that followed, however, the British definition of Canada dissolved. Struggles with bilingualism and biculturalism, as well as Quebec's constitutional demands, helped to fashion new representations of national identity in English-speaking Canada based on the civic principle of equality. With its sophisticated conceptual framework and systematic approach to understanding the discourse of Canadian collective identity, The Other Quiet Revolution will appeal to readers interested in Canadian identity and nationalism and to general readers of Canadian history

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Contents

Searching for National Identities
1
1 Being of the Breed
16
2 The Boundaries of Canadian Citizenship
36
3 Values Memories Symbols Myths and Traditions
63
4 This Nefarious Work
89
5 When Tories Roar
115
6 Predominantly of British Origin
137
7 Bewailing Their Loss
164
8 A Long Whine of Bilious Platitudes
193
From Ties of Descent to Principles of Equality
223
Notes
228
Bibliography
259
Index
270
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Jos E. Igartua is a professor of history at the Universit du Qu bec Montr al.

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