Tag Archives: Nationalism

Reviving a Canadian Hero

*This was written for Active History and can also be found on the Sam Steele Collection site. Sam Steele was the Forrest Gump of Canadian History. He was involved in some way with the Fenian Raids, the Long March West, the 1870 … Continue reading

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In Defence of the Unhyphenated Canadian

At the beginning of October the Globe and Mail ran a special on the state of multiculturalism in Canada. Being a Toronto based newspaper, the stories had an urban bias and spoke more to the anxieties of the city which … Continue reading

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Is it really all about the Great Men?

Question of the Month: Does it truly come down to great men/women when getting the public – or an undergraduate class – interested in history? Continue reading

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Creating Canada

Confederation is the legislative birth of Canada, but November 1885 is the  birth of the Canadian State.  When placed in perspective July 1, 1867 was the day four colonies came together with the blessing of Britain out of necessity rather … Continue reading

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The Redundant Search for a National Narrative.

On the surface it seems that historians have given up on the national project because creating any kind of national narrative has finally been recognized as an unrealistic project.  Yet there is still a obsession with defining what it means … Continue reading

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Canada! Heck yeah!

The thing I love about Canadian history is that it is the ultimate oxymoron – most histories that attest to be national are, but Canada is the master.  ‘Canada’ exists as a coherent, united entity in theory and politics only. … Continue reading

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