A People's History of ...
A People's History of Quebec
Revealing a little-known part of North American history, this lively guide tells the fascinating tale of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley. It also tells of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who traveled, mapped, and inhabited a very large part of North America, and "embrothered the peoples" they met, as Jack Kerouac wrote.Connecting everyday life...more
ebook, 210 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Baraka Books
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Not really a "people's" history but rather a condensed political history of Quebec. A short version of the author's popular 5 volume History of Quebec. I haven't read the long work, but am thinking that I would have been better off to do so. Titling the book "A People's History" of course brings to mind Howard Zinn's classic history of the U.S., although Lacoursiere's book is in no way similar. I would have liked more underdog and resistant stories such as Zinn was known for. Well, the problem m...more
Wonderfully written history book. I love history, but sometimes writers make the reading boring and tough to get through. Jaques Lacoursi made me want to keep reading! It was a short book but he inserted many details into the book. I thought I knew a lot about Quebec (through my many visits) but I realized through this book that I still had a lot more to learn. I also feel that I have a better understanding of the Quebecois people now...because I understand not just their history but the way the...more
Picked up this slim volume in Montreal. Well written summary of Quebec history which provides the odd interesting fact I didn't know; 1) a thriving ginseng industry operated along the St. Lawrence in the 18th century with most of it going to China and, 2)after Confederation in 1867 tens of thousands of French Canadians migrated to New England. The authors take a particularly pro-Quebec slant on the constitutional battles of the 1980s and 90s, not too surprisingly. The history ends with the 1995...more
Dec 28, 2013 Rose rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
It was okay; a good start if you are interested in Quebec history. The book was published in 2002, so I found the ending - with the 1995 referendum and simply saying "the period that followed it is still being written" - quite unsatisfying. I mean, that's still seven years. What I have learnt is to check the publishing date before buying a history book, and also that I need to dig deeper to read about specific parts of history that I'm rather more interested in (I have to admit I skimmed quite a...more