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A People's History of Quebec [Paperback]

Jacques Lacoursiere , Robin Philpot

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Book Description

July 1 2009 098124050X 978-0981240503
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 to the events that emerged as historical turning points in the life of a people, this book sheds new light on Quebec’s 450-year history––and on the historical forces that lie behind its two recent efforts to gain independence.

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"A concise history of Quebec, from the earliest days of colonization to the aftermath of the most recent sovereignty referendum, rendered in an easily read 200 pages. As fascinating as the march of great figures and the mapping of landmark events are the details of how they affected the ordinary life of their times."  —Montreal Gazette

"At a trim 208 pages (including a tidy timeline of Quebec history and a useful index) and in a soft cover, it's the kind of book that's easy to carry on a trip and easy to bring to bed. It's also a good read which offers lots of room for reflection."  —Quebec Heritage News

“[This] is both an excellent history book to refresh the reader’s memory and a rich introduction to a people who were told they had no history. A great read."  —Hélène De Billy, journalist

"The best place to start for an understanding of Quebec politics is to go through Quebec's long history. . . . If you want to learn more about Montreal's history or are considering visiting the 'Paris of North America' . . . read A People's History of Quebec." —Andrew Wenger, professional soccer player with the Montréal Impact

About the Author

Jacques Lacoursière is one of Quebec's most notable writers. He is the author of the five-volume Histoire populaire du Québec, which has been a bestseller since the first volume was published in 1995. He lives in Quebec City, Quebec. Robin Philpot is a writer and translator who lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great review of history Feb. 10 2012
By J. Lebron - Published on Amazon.com
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As a descendant of Canadiens who left Quebec towards the end of the 19th century, this book lays out this history up to that point and beyond. The book is brief, but extensive in the cultural survival that Quebec went through throughout its history. A great read for anyone interested in history, but especially for Franco-Americans.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People's History of Quebec Aug. 13 2012
By Albert P. Bushey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well written brief history of the Province of Quebec, Canada. A good, short read for anyone interested in the history of French Canada, especially for anyone who is contemplating a trip to Quebec in the near future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay Aug. 11 2013
By Nina A. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
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Shows why Quebec has a split French/English personality. A little wordy. (In my opinion, it's overkill to tell what each Parliament member said on various historic occasions.) The book doesn't tell what makes Quebec viable and livable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to my library Feb. 15 2014
By Gabrielle M. Charest - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is not huge or detailed but it provides a succinct history of early Canada. It is great as an overview.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is Oct. 5 2013
By Joan M. Maredyth - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to learn more about the history of Quebec, which is pretty interesting. This book seemed to be detailed and, as far as I can tell, accurate. It's not especially amusing. Of course, it's the unusual book that portray history in a gripping or entertaining manner. I think this book could have benefited from some clever editing. But I still recommend it for anyone seriously interested in history.

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