Our Lives: Canada after 1945

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James Lorimer & Company, Apr 17, 2012 - History - 425 pages
This book offers a short, comprehensive history of post-war Canada. All the major events and developments in Canadian history are discussed: the evolution of the welfare state; the growth of economic domination by the United States; the halcyon days as a Middle Power; the Quiet Revolution; the First Nations' quest for autonomy; the flowering of English-Canadian nationalism; Quebec nationalism; the women's movement; neo-conservatism; and globalization. Finkel covers political, economic, social, and cultural history in this volume.

This second edition includes a substantial new chapter that discusses the people, events, and developments that have dominated the period from 1995 to 2012. This chapter looks at the growing social inequality within Canadian society; the effects of globalization on Canada's industries, economy, and workers; and the increasing environmental challenges that we face.

Extensively illustrated, Our Lives: Canada after 1945 is a uniquely accessible and comprehensive overview of a period only beginning to attract the attention of historians.

 

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Contents

Brave New World
3
A Home Fit for Heroes
40
The Regions and the Provinces
80
The Politics of a Middle Power
102
Traditions and Invented Identities
125
The Search for Political Identity
127
EnglishCanadian Nationalism
157
From the Quiet Revolution to the First Sovereignty
176
Canadas First People Rebel
243
The Salience of Class
260
The Centre Cannot Hold Canada
279
NeoConservative Times
281
Canada and the World in the Era of Globalization
305
Quebec Nationalism and Globalism
327
Other Voices in a NeoConservative Age
360
Notes
389

The West and the East in the Period of Centralization
206
A Second Wave
226
Photo credits
410
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About the author (2012)

ALVIN FINKEL is a professor of history at Athabasca University. He is also the author of Business and Social Reform in the Thirties, The Social Credit Phenomenon in Alberta, and A History of Canadian Peoples.

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