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Canada: A People's History Volume 1

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How can we know where we’re going if we don’t know where we are coming from? This question applies as much to nations as it does to travellers, and it rings especially loudly in the ears of Canadians. Canada: A People’s History doesn’t tell us where we are going, but it shows us where we have come from
This richly illustrated book, the first of two volumes, tells the epic s
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2000)
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As an immigrant myself, I would definitely recommend it to other immigrants to Canada. Having been educated in another part of the world, I am unfamiliar to what kind of manuals are used in Canadian schools for teaching Canadian history. I looked at reviews for other books in this topic before I chose this one but it still seemed to be the best choice - at least as a starting point in getting familiarized with Canadian culture.
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As a historian, these kind of books make me supremely nervous - one of my favourite professors once said that you could tell the current political agenda just by looking at the most fashionable popular history texts. That said, this is better than your average coffee-table book but still centered on the idea of a national narrative that is a) cohesive, and b) overwhelmingly populist. In short, it does what it sets out to do - tell the story of the people - instead of the more common eastern-focu ...more
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I learned more about the founding and history of Canada from these books than I ever did in school.
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Author and journalist Don Gillmor was born in Fort Frances, Ontario in 1959 and presently lives in Toronto, Ontario. Don possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Calgary. He has worked for publisher John Wiley & Sons, and has written for a number of magazines including Rolling Stone, GQ, Premiere, and Saturday Night.; where he was made a contributing edi ...more
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