Prelude to Quebec's Quiet Revolution: Liberalism versus Neo-Nationalism, 1945-1960

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jun 1, 1985 - Political Science - 384 pages
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In this study of the intellectual origins of Quebec's Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, Michael Behiels has provided the most comprehensive account to date of the two competing ideological movements which emerged after World War II to challenge the tenets of traditional French-Canadian nationalism. The neo-nationalists were a group of young intellectuals and journalists, centered upon Le Devoir and L'Action nationale in Montreal, who set out to reformulate Quebec nationalism in terms of a modern, secular, urban-industrial society which would be fully "master in its own house." An equally dedicated group of French Canadians of liberal or social democratic persuasion was based upon the periodical Cité libre -one of whose editors was Pierre Trudeau - and had links with organized labour. Citélibristes sought to remove what they considered to be the major obstacles to the creation of a modern francophone society: the all-pervasive influence of clericalism inherent in the Catholic church's control of education and the social services, and the persistence among Quebec's intelligentsia of an outmoded nationalism which advocated the preservation of a rural and elitist society and neglected the development of the individual and the pursuit of social equality. Behiels delineates the divergent "societal models" proposed by the two movements by focusing upon such themes as the critique of traditional nationalism; the roles of church, state, and labour; the response to the "new federalism"; the reform of education; and the search for a third party. He shows how the rivals combined to help bring down an anachronistic Union Nationale government in June 1960. In one form or another, he concludes, Cité libre liberalism and neo-nationalism have remained at the heart of the political and ideological debate that has continued in Quebec since the Duplessis era.
 

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Great book man keep up the good work I also read your history of Quebec page on Encyclopedia Britannica I recommend this book to anyone whether you like history or not

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Quebec in Transition
8
The Formative Years
20
3 The Neonationalist Critique of Nationalism
37
4 Cité libre and the Revolution of Mentalities
61
5 Cité libre and Nationalism
84
6 The Nationalist versus the Liberal State
97
7 The Role of Organized Labour
121
9 Quebec Confronts the New Federalism
185
Democratizing a Political Culture
220
11 Ideologues in Search of a Political Party
239
Conclusion
271
Notes
277
Bibliography
337
Index
355
Copyright

Key to National Survival or Prerequisite for Democracy?
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Michael D. Behiels is a professor of history and University Research Chair, Canadian Federalism and Constitutional Studies at the University of Ottawa.

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