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The West has long attracted visionaries and schemers from around the world. And no other region in North America can outstrip British Columbia for the number of utopian or intentional settlement attempts in the past 150 years. Andrew Scott delves into the dramatic stories of these fascinating, but often doomed, communities.


From Doukhobor farmers to Finnish coal miners, Qua
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Paperback, Expanded Second Edition, 272 pages
Published March 25th 2017 by Harbour Publishing (first published 1997)
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Magdelanye
Can groups of strangers, dissatisfied with existing housing choices, bond together to form more productive, satisfying communities? That appears to depend on the strangers. p213

Actually, it doesn't take long for people to bond over a common cause or misfortune. It is the day in day out contact that can solidify or erode the kind of commitment necessary to live in harmony with others. In this second edition of Andrew Scott's exploration of utopian communities in British Columbia he documents the
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Anne Russell
As a lifelong British Columbian I've always been intrigued by the legends of communes, attempts at utopia, and other intentional communities I've heard about growing up. Andrew Scott investigates more than a dozen of them for us, from Brother XII on Decoursey Island to the Emissaries, the Doukhobors, and the Finns at Sointula. Entertaining and enlightening read. ...more
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