Our lives : Canada after 1945 /
Alvin Finkel.
2nd ed.
Toronto : Lorimer, c2012.
484 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
145940050X (pbk.), 9781459400504 (pbk.):
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Toronto : Lorimer, c2012.
145940050X (pbk.)
9781459400504 (pbk.):
contents note
In the shadow of the giant : 1945-1963 -- Traditions and invented identities : 1963-1980 -- The centre cannot hold : Canada since 1980.
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Also issued in electronic format.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [431]-468) and index.
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" Our Liveswill greatly interest general readers as well as the academic community. Finkel's excellent work should certainly be considered by teachers as a text on post-war Canada."
"This book is the first to look at the people, forces and events that have shaped post-war Canada. All the major themes of our history are covered, such as the evolution of the welfare state, our domination by the United States, our days of importance as a Middle Power, the quiet Revolution, the growth of First Nations' Power, the flowering of English-Canadian Nationalism, the women's movement, Quebec Nationalism, and globalization. An excellent read."
"...a wonderful, rollicking read."
"Finkel...offers a detailed social panorama of the shaping of post-Second World War Canada. This is a useful and, more important, concerned illustrated survey."
"Finkel's wide-ranging and coherent history begins before World War II... Finkel's account of Quebec's Quiet Revolution and the complicated skein of personalities and events that created the Quebec/Canada imbroglio, including the impact of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, is both detailed and concise."
"History prof Finkel examines the watershed events and trends that have influenced Canada's history in the past 50 years - among them the evolution of the welfare state, U.S. domination, Quebec's Quiet Revolution and the women's movement."
"In a series of lucid chapters he divides the story into three parts that add up to a meaningful narrative on the making of contemporary Canada... it [provokes] readers into a reconsideration of the key events that have shaped the country."
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Main Description
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 1945is a uniquely accessible and comprehensive overview of a period only beginning to attract the attention of historians.
Main Description
Part One: In the Shadow of the Giant: 1945-1963 1. Brave New World 2. A Home Fit for Heroes 3. The Regions and the Provinces 4. The Politics of a "Middle Power" Part Two: Traditions and Invented Identities: 1963-1980 5. The Search for Political Identity 6. English-Canadian Nationalism 7. From the Quiet Revolution to the First Sovereignty 8. The West and the East in the Period of Centralization 9. The Women's Movement: A "Second Wave" 10. Canada's First People Rebel 11. The Salience of Class Part Three: The Centre Cannot Hold: Canada Since 1980 12. Neo-Conservative Times 13. Canada and the World in the Era of "Globalization" 14. Quebec Nationalism and Globalism 15. Other Voices in a Neo-Conservative Age Notes Photo Credits Index

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