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Our Lives: Canada after 1945: Second Edition [Paperback]

Alvin Finkel

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May 1 2012
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
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Index

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"...a wonderful, rollicking read." (Dean F. Oliver Canadian Book Review Annual)

"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." (Globe and Mail)

"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." (Britt Hagarty Vancouver Sun)

"Our Lives will 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." (John MacFarlane Canadian Social Studies)

"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." (Rae Murphy Literary Review of 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." (R.J. Love Fredericton Daily Gleaner)

"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." (David Frank Saint John Telegraph-Journal)

About the Author

ALVIN FINKEL is a professor of history at Athabasca University. He is also the author of Business and Social Reform in the Thirties, The Social Credit Phenomenon in Alberta, and A History of Canadian Peoples.

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