Tag Archives: Politics

Distinguishing between “European in Canada” and “Canadian” in History.

When do the resident of Canada cease to be “European” and become “Canadian”? In the process of reviewing for comprehensive exams in January, one of the things that continually strikes me seeming fluidity of the terminology used to describe the … 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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Re-Naming; or Being Politically Correct

It seems in Canada there is always a debate going on over using the most politically correct name for places. Currently this is popping up in Vancouver around Stanley Park. The gist of the debate is the Squamish First Nation … Continue reading

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Ranking the ‘Great’ PMs

Not being a political historian or very well versed in the ins and outs of Canadian prime ministers I am not in a place to offer a well supported list of the best PMs to counter the one provided by … Continue reading

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“Political History Through Biographical Studies”

Great men, great politics, and the progress of the nation since confederation – that is the best way I can think to describe Bliss’ Right and Honourable Men: The Descent of Canadian Politics from MacDonald to Chretien .  Bliss describes … 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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