Atlantic Canada: A Concise History
Written by Margaret R. Conrad and James K. Hiller.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2005.
|"Atlantic Canada" did not exist before 1949, when
Newfoundland entered Confederation and a new term was needed to replace the
"Maritimes" as the collective term for Canada's easternmost provinces. Although
the existing political divisions - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward
Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador - frame the history outlined here,
Margaret Conrad and James Hiller suggest that Atlantic Canada is indeed
something more than an artificial geopolitical construct. The peoples of the
region have, and have had, much in common.
Atlantic Canada: A Concise History traces the common threads of the four provinces' social, economic, and political histories without losing sight of their differences. The result is a synthesis that should be required reading both for Atlantic Canadians themselves and for Canadians elsewhere, who have too often dismissed the region as marginal.
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