Canada's Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests

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University of Toronto Press, May 8, 2017 - History - 544 pages
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150 years after Confederation, Canada is known around the world for its social diversity and its commitment to principles of multiculturalism. But the road to contemporary Canada is a winding one, a story of division and conflict as well as union and accommodation.

In Canada’s Odyssey, renowned scholar Peter H. Russell provides an expansive, accessible account of Canadian history from the pre-Confederation period to the present day. By focusing on what he calls the "three pillars" of English Canada, French Canada, and Aboriginal Canada, Russell advances an important view of our country as one founded on and informed by "incomplete conquests". It is the very incompleteness of these conquests that have made Canada what it is today, not just a multicultural society but a multinational one.

Featuring the scope and vivid characterizations of an epic novel, Canada’s Odyssey is a magisterial work by an astute observer of Canadian politics and history, a perfect book to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.


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The Incomplete Conquest of New France
The Founding Treaty with Native Peoples
Making EnglishSpeaking Canada
Three Wars and Three Betrayals Lead to the Subjugation of
English Canada Gets a Dominion French Canada Gets a Province
The Colonization of Indigenous Canada
The Provincialization of French Canada
The Nationalization of English Canada
Quebec Becomes Constitutionally Radical
Aboriginal Peoples Get a Hearing
Quebecs Loss Aboriginal Gains

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Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on issues related to the Canadian Constitution and Canadian politics in general.

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