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Canadian Studies in the New Millennium

Canadian Studies in the New Millennium

Patrick James
Mark Kasoff
Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 320
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    Canadian Studies in the New Millennium
    Book Description:

    This introductory text offers a thorough and accessible approach to Canadian Studies through comparative analyses of Canada and the United States.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8555-0
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-1)
  4. Map of Canada
    (pp. 2-2)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 3-7)

    This book has been organized according to the principle that a textbook on Canadian Studies will be useful in almost any academic setting in which Canada is an important topic. It is intended either to stand alone as a basic textbook about Canada or to serve as a resource for comparative studies courses in the humanities and social sciences. Its key learning objectives are as follows:

    You will be able to identify Canadaʹs key geographic features and political divisions.

    You will be able to decribe how Canadian culture differs from American culture.

    You will be able to identify and communicate...

  6. 1 Canada: Too Much Geography?
    (pp. 8-36)

    Canada is the worldʹs second-largest country, covering nearly 3.9 million square miles and five time zones, yet much of it is very sparsely populated. In 2006, its population of 32.7 million was less than Californiaʹs (36 million). Most Canadians live in cities along their countryʹs southern border with the United States. The countryʹs three largest metropolitan areas, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, account for 34 per cent of the population, and each is within an hourʹs drive of the U.S. border. Between and to the north of these areas is a vast and diverse country. In the sparsely populated Far North,...

  7. 2 Canadian History in North American Context
    (pp. 37-64)

    This chapter explains to American university students with little or no background on the subject how Canada came to be. Historians of Canada – Canadians writing for Canadian readers – have written textbooks that are just as long as the ones an American student reads in an American history class. We must do that same job in one chapter: present a narrative of five centuries as well as enough historical context to understand the rest of this book. To enable American students to begin to understand Canada, we have made the similarities and differences between Canadian and American history our...

  8. 3 Politics and Government
    (pp. 65-99)

    As the chapters in this book reveal, the Canadian experience has many important similarities and differences when compared with the United States. This is certainly true in the sphere of politics and government. Both countries are advanced liberal democracies that strive to give political voice to citizens in pluralistic societies through institutionalized systems of political representation. Both political systems integrate enormous geographies and distribute power over space in federal arrangements. These and numerous other commonalities have made the two countries natural allies, sharing the worldʹs longest undefended border, as well as partners in what is one of the most intimate...

  9. 4 Native Peoples
    (pp. 100-124)

    There has been a general change in the political climate over the past three decades: as the Canadian government has gone from a desire to rid the country of the ʹIndian problemʹ through cultural assimilation, to the imperative to compensate Aboriginal peoples for the damage done to their cultures, traditions, and values, to efforts to establish Aboriginal self-government as a third sovereign order. The situation is made all the more interesting by the relatively high percentage of Aboriginal people in the Canadian population, most notably in comparison to the United States. Other factors that make the study of Native peoples...

  10. 5 Literary and Popular Culture
    (pp. 125-164)

    This chapter examines English-Canadian literary and popular culture. It is a curious subject: popular culture is among the most empirically accessible expressions of what it means to be Canadian, but at the same time the most evasive and difficult to capture in any neat analytical depiction. Though even the newest student of Canada could likely cite at least one example or manifestation of ʹCanadian cultureʹ – ice hockey, good beer, the Group of Seven or Emily Carr, the music of Anne Murray, the writing of Robertson Davies, or Leslie Nielsen films – actually describing what this concept fully means is...

  11. 6 Quebecʹs Destiny
    (pp. 165-184)

    History shows us that francophone Quebec struggled against great odds to survive in a wilderness that was not always welcoming and in an international political setting that was often hostile. As noted in chapter 2 on history, after the British under Wolfe defeated the French under Montcalm in 1759, Quebec faced new threats to its existence as the French governing elite for the most part withdrew to Paris. Quebec withstood challenges to its cultural unity and integrity such as the Durham Report (1839), which proposed assimilation to English Canada. Although the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s gave economic development thrust...

  12. 7 Womenʹs Issues
    (pp. 185-222)

    Although certainly women have been included elsewhere in this book, the present chapter stresses issues that specifically affect women in Canada, mainly in the political and social arenas. It needs to be noted that ʹwomanʹ is in no way a unitary identity; there are many ways to be and experience womanhood, and this varies in particular by race and ethnicity, class, ability, language, and region of the country. Thus, the discussion below highlights situations of a variety of women in Canada as they have struggled to achieve rights in the political and social arena. One of the key points that...

  13. 8 The Economy
    (pp. 223-244)

    The Canadian economy is vitally important to the United States. Canada is the top export market for thirty-eight of the fifty states. The trade relationship between the two is the worldʹs largest, with $1.5 billion of exports and imports crossing the border every day. Canada is the United Statesʹ largest foreign supplier of oil and petroleum products. Big Canadian companies such as the Bank of Montreal, Magna, and CN Rail have an American presence. Many large American companies such as Procter & Gamble, GM, and Dow Chemical have Canadian operations.

    Now that you appreciate how important Canada is to the American...

  14. 9 Canadian Foreign Policy
    (pp. 245-276)

    Canadaʹs role in the international community has changed and developed over time in response to an evolving agenda of global and domestic issues and concerns. While it can be argued that there has been some degree of continuity in the manner and approach by which Canada has sought to conduct its foreign policy, it is equally clear that the country has followed a number of distinctive paths in its dealings with the world beyond its borders. Canadaʹs international relations reflect both continuity and change. As with other global actors, Canadaʹs foreign policy is a response to immediate needs and pressures...

  15. 10 Future Prospects
    (pp. 277-280)

    Having studied the chapters of this book, dear reader, you now have a comprehensive introduction to Canada as compared to the United States. We started with Canadaʹs most fundamental characteristics: its geography and history and how Canada evolved differently from the United States as a result of these forces. Additional chapters deliberately went back and forth between highly encompassing and more focused subjects to strike a balance between the conventional and more recently topical. Thus the journey through Canada continued with a look at government institutions and politics in general, along with more specific issues raised by Aboriginal peoples. The...

  16. Index
    (pp. 281-306)
  17. Contributors
    (pp. 307-310)