Community Besieged: The Anglophone Minority and the Politics of Quebec

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jun 17, 1999 - History - 363 pages
In Community Besieged Garth Stevenson describes the unusual circumstances that allowed English-speaking Quebecers to live in virtual isolation from their francophone neighbours for almost a century after Confederation. He describes their relations with Maurice Duplessis and the Union Nationale and their ambivalent response to the Quiet Revolution. New political issues - language policy, educational reform, sovereignty, and the constitution - undermined the old system of elite accommodation in Quebec, causing conflicts between anglophones and francophones and creating a new sense of anglophone identity that transcends religious differences. The changing relations of Quebec anglophones with the major political parties, as well as the role of newer entities such as Alliance Quebec and the Equality Party, are also examined. Stevenson concludes with a look at the future of anglophones in Quebec. Based in part on interviews with more than sixty English-speaking Quebecers who have played prominent parts in Quebec's political life, Community Besieged is a comprehensive and up-to-date description of the political life of this unique minority at both the federal and provincial level.

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Intercultural Politics and the Case of Quebec
Consociationalism Established 18671960
Consociationalism Threatened Anglophones and the Quiet Revolution 196068
Consociationalism Destroyed The Politicization of Language 196876
Postconsociational Politics The Search for a New Strategy 197685
False Hopes Betrayed Bill 178 and the Anglophone Reaction 198594
Anglophones in Disarray 199497
Quebec Anglophones and the Federal Government 196897
Prospects and Strategies for Survival
List of Persons Interviewed

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Garth Stevenson is a retired professor of political science at Brock University.

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