A Concise History of Canada (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Margaret Conrad

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By Margaret Conrad

Margaret Conrad's background of Canada starts off with a problem to its readers. what's Canada? What makes up this diversified, advanced, and sometimes contested geographical region? What was once its founding second? And who're its humans? Drawing on her decades of expertise as a pupil, author, and instructor of Canadian background, Conrad deals astute solutions to those tough questions. starting in Canada's deep prior with the coming of its Aboriginal peoples, she lines its historical past in the course of the conquest by way of Europeans, the yank innovative warfare, and the industrialization of the 19th and 20th centuries, to its wealthy current. As a social historian, Conrad emphasizes the peoples' heritage: the relationships among Aboriginal and settler, the French and the English, the Catholic and Protestant, and the wealthy and terrible. She writes of the effect of disorder, how girls fared within the early colonies, and of the social changes that happened after the second one international battle as Canada started to assert itself as an self sufficient country. it truly is this grounded method which drives the narrative and makes for compelling examining. within the final bankruptcy, the writer explains the social, fiscal, and political upheavals that experience reworked the kingdom during the last 3 many years. regardless of its successes and its reputation as a vacation spot for immigrants from internationally, Canada is still a apparently reluctant participant at the overseas degree. This clever, concise, and lucid ebook explains simply why that is.

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Elsewhere, contact came much later. In 1818 the explorer John Ross encountered a group of Inuit who had no knowledge of Europeans. Thinking the Europeans were spirits from another plane, they are reported to have asked: “What great creatures are these? Do they come from the sun or the moon? ”6 Europe in the Age of Expansion While sagas had documented the far-flung explorations of the Nordic peoples, it was only in 1960 that the physical evidence of their settlement, established around the year 1000, was discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland.

2 Natives and Newcomers, 1000–1661 In 1918 the Moravian mission ship Harmony arrived on the Labrador coast. It carried the deadly influenza virus, which killed nearly 80 percent of the 236 Inuit living in Okak and soon swept through nearby communities. … the dogs played havoc with the corpses. At Sillutalik 36 persons died, but only 18 remained to be buried. ”1 This report of the impact of the flu on the Inuit of Labrador describes what must have been a common experience in North America in the early years of European contact.

Overseas ventures were part of a dramatic cultural awakening in Europe fuelled by the Renaissance, a rebirth of interest in the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome. Under the influence of Renaissance thinkers, Europeans began to reflect on broad areas of knowledge and ask troubling questions about the nature of the physical world and religious beliefs. Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the mechanical printing press in the mid-fifteenth century made it easier to disseminate new ideas, and Europe quickly became a hotbed of intellectual ferment.

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