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A Short History of Quebec by John A. Dickinson,Brian J. Young
ISBN: 0773523936
ISBN13: 978-0773523937
Author: John A. Dickinson,Brian J. Young
Book title: A Short History of Quebec
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Pages: 456 pages
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2002)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1858 kb
Size ePub version: 1186 kb
Size fb2 version: 1762 kb
Category: Americas

In a new chapter on contemporary Quebec, the book examines the 1995 referendum, discusses the ideological shifts and societal changes in Quebec under the Bouchard government, and considers Quebec's place in North America in the wake of NAFTA. A Short History of Quebec offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the province from the pre-contact native period to the death of Pierre Trudeau in 2001. The authors provide an insightful perspective on the history of Quebec, focusing on the social, economic, and political development of the region and its peoples. Engagingly written, this expanded and updated third edition is an ideal starting place to learn about Quebec.

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Stylish Monkey
Good brief history. I needed some details before a visit, and it did that.
Zeleence
Good history on this facinating region of North America. As an American, it made me want to visit this region.
Asyasya
This is a relatively well-written, thoroughly competent overview of Quebec history from a predominantly socio-economic perspective. As another review notes, there are shades of Marxism; unlike this other reviewer I understand that Marx was an originary figure in socio-economic history and so ANY book written with an economic basis will show the influence of the author of Das Kapital, and to me that's not necessarily a bad thing. These writers don't ignore the role of the Catholic church, the Seigneurial system, or artistic production in Quebec history; they start from the position that all these institutions are given structure by economic relationships, a fairly widely accepted historiographical position. If they're a little dry and schematic about it, well, introductory historical texts have a tendency to be a little dry and schematic.

My slight beef with this tome is that it generally presupposes a familiarity with Canadian history that readers looking for an introductory text on Quebec might not have. For example, the October Crisis is mentioned early in a chapter and never especially well explained. This surely has something to do with the writers' determination to resist a "great men and events" method of historiography and to explicate a narrative of change based on socio-economic conditions, but it can leave the U.S. educated reader scratching his or her head or running off to wikipedia to get up to speed. Combined with the tendency of this kind of introductory history to read as an thick blur of names, dates, and locales, the constant need to look outside the text makes for a book that, while not especially challenging in its terminology or style, can nevertheless be difficult to get through.

Commendable as the best general history of Quebec I've seen that's addressed to an English audience, Dickinson and Young's work nevertheless leaves the field wide open for other writers.
Gietadia
It's called "A Short History" but it's a big thick book with a lot more detail than I bargained for.

A little bit dry at times but generally very readable and informative.
one life
More for the serious history student. Not well suited for a quick tourist overview review and highlights of historical locations.
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