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- DescriptionAward-winning author Donald Creighton was a Red Ensign nationalist and firm supporter of the British Empire. At the time of writing this book, in 1976, he had come to believe that Canada was a lost cause. When everyone else was celebrating Canada's centennial, he was busy writing his own lament for a nation. Canada's First Century paints a large and complex canvas of historical rise and fall: a great transcontinental nation is built, but it is eventually undone as Canada turns its back on the British Empire and embraces a continental role alongside the United States. A courageous and contentious book for its day-Creighton is intensely anti-American and highly critical of Quebec nationalism-it was met with criticism, but, as Donald Wright points out, Canada's First Century initially outsold Everything You Always Wanted to Kw About Sex and, for a time, even the Bible. A beautifully written, in-depth introduction by Donald Wright explores Creighton's larger understanding of Canadian history, his preoccupation with Canada's role in the Empire, and his major contribution to ecomics and geography as a key feature of history.
- Author BiographyDonald Creighton (1902-1979) was English Canada's leading historian. A member of the University of Toronto's Department of History, Creighton wrote a dozen books including The Commercial Empire of the St Lawrence, the two-volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, and The Road to Confederation. For his outstanding contributions to Canada's intellectual life, he received many awards and honours, including the Tyrrell Medal, the Governor General's Award, the Molson Prize, and honorary degrees from universities across the country. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada.
- Author(s)Donald Creighton (deceased),Donald Wright
- PublisherOxford University Press, Canada
- Date of Publication03/05/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintOxford University Press, Canada
- Content Note36 b/w illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width151 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine31 mm
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