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The main objective of this overview is to demonstrate that although Canadian history has been marked by cleavages and conflicts, there has been a continual process of negotiation and a need for compromise which has enabled Canada to develop into arguably one of the most successful and pluralistic countries in the world.

 

Driven by its strong narrative, the book presents Canadian history chronologically, allowing students to better understand the inter-relationships between events. The authors have drawn from all genres characterizing the present state of Canadian historiography, including political, social, military, cultural, and economic approaches. Their aim is to challenge students to engage with debates and interpretations about the past. The book is well illustrated and designed to promote intellectual curiosity.

 

Co-authored with Jeff Keshen, Mount Royal University, Norman Knowles, St. Mary University, and Barbara Messamore, University of the Fraser Valley.

This book provides an understanding of Canada’s past and the challenges and opportunities that Canadians have faced since the 1860s. It is our hope that this history of Canada provides not only an account of events and challenges, but also an explanation of the factors that influenced their unfolding and an assessment of their consequences. Such an approach, we believe, can help to not only provide a richer understanding of the past but also help to build a better future. We seek to understand the dynamics that motivate the past by examining, for instance, changes in social practice, shifts in power, development of new institutions, and public and private morality. History tries to grasp the nature, causes, and results of change; it might even be said that history is a study of the human response to changing conditions and circumstances.

 

Co-authored with Jeff Keshen, Mount Royal University, Norman Knowles, St. Mary University, and Barbara Messamore, University of the Fraser Valley.

 

Dr. Raymond B. Blake

University of Regina - History Department

3737 Wascana Parkway

Regina, SK   S4S 0A2

Phone: 306-585-5431

Fax: 306-585-4827

raymond.blake@uregina.ca

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