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Brief History of Canada

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This single volume provides a concise, highly readable introduction to the growth and development of a unique land and its people. Veteran historian Roger Riendeau masterfully surveys the origins of Canada from its First peoples through European contact, the rise and fall of the French Empire, English Conquest, the road to nationhood, and the struggles of a complex society ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published February 15th 2000 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Feb 18, 2009 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The question that most maddens Canadians coming from Americans, or so Canadians have told me, is, “What is the difference between Canada and the United States?” The implicit assumption in this question is that Canada is further north in North America, but other than that, more or less the “same” as the U.S.
A reading of Roger Riendeau’s “A Brief History of Canada” provides a different answer, in fact, many different answers.
First of all, Canada is a nation in its own right that should no more
May 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, own
An unusual book to just pick up and read for some people – I had a reason for this pick; I married a Canadian and moved to southern Ontario. Born and raised American, I did not know much of Canada’s past and its evolution as an independent nation. Never one to back down from a challenge, I decided to learn about my husband’s country and the land that I now in.

I found the writing style very easy reading compared to other brief history books – this one focuses on the stories of the people and how
Jul 04, 2014 Wingfan rated it it was ok
This book was a slow, dry read. My purpose for reading it was to get a better grasp of how Canada went from a European colony to the nation as it is today. I suppose it did that in a round about way but I found myself skipping around a lot, something I rarely do with books. I wouldn't recommend this simply for a casual read, though it seems to have a good amount of reference material in it.
Mar 25, 2014 Alexander rated it liked it
A good survey and overview of Canada. Useful for reference as well.
Jan 31, 2010 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
More of a textbook than general reading
Mar 21, 2011 Mike is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I lived right next to Canada and visited often I am learning about their unique history and political development.
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