The Peoples of Canada: A Post-Confederation History

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/15/2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Peoples of Canada: A Post-Confederation History is J.M. Bumsted's best-selling survey of Canada's social, cultural, political, and economic history from 1867 to the present. While retaining all the hallmark features of preceding editions, this fourth edition has been thoroughly revised to incorporate new material on many key areas: modern culture, including the arts, music and literature; hockey; the environment and the Arctic; and key events in international and domestic politics.

Featuring five insightful essays on the writing of history, along with numerous biographical sketches, excerpts from primary source documents, illustrations, maps, and pedagogical aids, the fourth edition remains the definitive introduction to post-Confederation Canadian history.

Author Biography

For over 25 years, John M. (Jack) Bumsted taught history at the University of Manitoba. He is now enjoying retirement.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding History
PART I: 1867-1885
1. The Completion of Confederation, 1867-1873
2. Envisioning the New Nation, 1867-1885
Writing about Confederation
PART II: 1885-1914
3. The First Triumph of Industrialism, 1885-1914
4. Rural Canada, 1885-1914
5. Urban Canada, 1885-1914
6. Immigration Policy, Immigration, Ethnicity, and Racist Exclusion, 1882-1914
7. Politics and the National Question, 1885-1914
8. The Era of Reform, 1885-1914
Writing about Agriculture and Rural Society
PART III: 1914-1945
9. The Great War and Its Aftermath, 1914-1919
10. Economy, Polity, and the "Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice," 1919-1939
11. Canadian Society and Culture between the Wars, 1919-1939
12. World War II, 1939-1945
Writing about War in Canada
PART IV: 1946-1972
13. Canada and the World, 1946-1972
14. Prosperity and Growth in the Post-War World, 1946-1972
15. The Era of Liberal Consensus, 1946-1972
16. Quebec and Confederation, 1945-1972
17. The New Suburban Society, 1946-1972
18. The Beginnings of Modern Canadian Cultural Policy, 1945-1972
19. The Making of Canadian Culture, 1946-1975
Writing about Culture in Canada
PART V: 1972-2012
20. The Collapse of the Liberal Consensus, 1972-1991
21. The Provinces, the Constitution, and the Charter of Rights, 1968-2012
22. The Fragmentation and Reconsolidation of Conservatism, 1990-2012
23. Canadian Society and Culture, 1972-2012
24. Canada and the World
Writing about Immigration and Ethnicity
Epilogue: Well into the New Millennium

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