Canadian History for Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 15, 2012 - History - 528 pages
A wild ride through Canadian history, fully revised and updated!

This new edition of Canadian History For Dummies takes readers on a thrilling ride through Canadian history, from indigenous native cultures and early French and British settlements through Paul Martin's shaky minority government. This timely update features all the latest, up-to-the-minute findings in historical and archeological research. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada's double-gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien's decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the recent sponsorship scandal.


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Ferguson's light, slightly sarcastic tone makes this book a perfect primer for Canadian history. I especially liked the way the multiple sociopolitical forces that shaped the country are outlined ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nikkles - LibraryThing

A funny and informative book. Will Ferguson really helps keep the book interesting and put a Canadian citizens perspective on some of the historic events. I realize now how little I really knew about ... Read full review

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Table ofContents
When Worlds Collide
Romans of theNew World
People of the Pacific Northwest
The seigneurial system
A Tale of Two Travellers
Peace at Last?
The Warof 1812
Klondike Gold
Borden and the Great
The Conscription Crisis
On the Homefront
King the Conciliator
The Dirty Thirties
World WarII
On the Homefront

The War in Lower Canada
Lord Selkirk and the Pemmican Wars
The Rebellion inUpper Canada
So What Was thePoint?
Triumph of the Moderates
British Columbia Is Born
The Confederation Waltz
The CharlottetownConference
The Fathers of Confederation
The Return of John
John A s Last Campaign
Canada as a MiddlePower
The 15percent promise The Arrow
The West Wants In and theEast Wants
From EatonstoWalMart?
and after
The Romanow Report and after
The 2004 Election
Stayin Alive
Ten Great Canadian Quotations Pre and PostConfederation
Ten Political Firsts for Canadian Women

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About the author (2012)

Will Ferguson has lived and worked in every region of Canada, from the Okanagan Valley of BC to the farmlands of rural Quebec, from Saskatoon to southern Ontario, from Manitoba to PEI.
He is the author of several bestselling books on Canadian history and culture, including the Leacock Medal for Humour-winning Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw (a travel memoir), and Bastards & Boneheads (a study in Canadian leadership styles). With his brother Ian, he wrote the wildly successful humour book How to Be a Canadian, which sold over 145,000 copies and won the Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
Will's debut novel Happiness (originally published under the title Generica) won the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. It has been published in 31 countries and 24 languages around the world.

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