The development of political thought in Canada : an anthology /
edited by Katherine Fierlbeck.
Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2005.
viii, 324 p. ; 23 cm.
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Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2005.
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Canada has a rich family of traditions of original political thought that have had an enormous influence on Canadian life and the wider world. Yet, there are very few anthologies, and thus it is difficult to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in this area or for the general public to learn about these traditions. The Development of Political Thought in Canada, edited by Katherine Fierlbeck, herself a well-known political theorist, is an excellent anthology and introduction to this family of traditions from Lord Durham and Henri Bourassa, through Macpherson, Douglas and Trudeau, to Will Kymlicka and Michael Ignatieff, and across a broad spectrum of authors and themes in between. I strongly recommend this anthology for undergraduate and graduate courses in Canadian political thought and for citizens who wish to know more about the best of their own traditions.
Katherine Fierlbeck has made a very intelligent selection of items and has contextualized them helpfully by way of both the 'big picture' that she provides and the commentaries that introduce sections and chapters. Moreover, the book is introduced with a flair that should really help to engage students who need to understand why history is important.
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Contemporary Canadian political thought is fresh, provocative, and ubiquitous. But how can we explain the popularity of the present within the context of the past? The premise of this book is that Canada's intellectual heritage is disappearing from the consciousness of its citizens. For contemporary undergraduates there is no one source in print that presents an historical survey of Canadian political thought. Indeed, many undergraduates are never introduced to even the most iconic figures in political thought in this country, such as C.B. Macpherson, Kari Levitt, or George Grant. And for the wider audience of reflective and thoughtful Canadians outside of the universities, there is little guidance in understanding how the abstract political debates surrounding such issues as health care, foreign policy, or asymmetrical federalism evolved. Few are cynical enough to believe that all major political decisions are based solely on an expression of political opportunism. But what confluence of political ideas permitted the implementation of real political achievements? This book presents selections of Canadian political thought from the nineteenth century to the present to show how ideas evolved over time to influence the values and debates of modern Canadians. The readings are generally arranged chronologically, but the three currents of thought that inform the selections are Canada's relation to the United States, English Canada's relationship with French Canada, and the nature of a "Canadian" social justice.
Table of Contents
Report on the affairs of British North Americap. 15
The spectre of annexationp. 33
Hardy perennialsp. 41
Organizing democracy in Canadap. 57
Transportation as a factor in Canadian economic historyp. 61
Democracy in Alberta : social credit and the party systemp. 79
Where do we go from here?p. 99
Medicare : the time to take a standp. 113
Silent surrender : the multinational corporation in Canadap. 125
Reflections on decentralismp. 145
Federalism, nationalism, and reasonp. 155
English-speaking justicep. 177
Conservatism, liberalism, and socialism in Canada : an interpretation (1966)p. 207
An option for Quebecp. 239
The malaise of modernityp. 259
Strange multiplicityp. 275
The good, the bad, and the intolerable : minority group rightsp. 295
The rights revolutionp. 311
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