A Short History of Canada, Sixth Edition
Written by Desmond Morton.
Published by McClelland & Stewart, Ltd., 2006.
Canadians believe that their history is short, boring and irrelevant. They are wrong on all counts. Desmond Morton, from the IntroductionMost of us know bits and pieces of our history but would like to be more sure of how it all fits together. The trick is to find a history that is so absorbing you will want to read it from beginning to end. With the expanded, sixth edition of A Short History of Canada readers need look no further. Desmond Morton, one of Canadas most noted and highly respected historians, is keenly aware of the ways in which our past informs our present, and in one compact and engrossing volume, he pulls off the remarkable feat of bringing it all together from the First Nations before the arrival of the Europeans, to Confederation, to Stephen Harper's victory in the 2006 election.
His acute observations on the Diefenbaker era, the effects of the post-war influx of immigrants, the flag debate, the baby boom, the Trudeau years and the constitutional crisis, the Quebec referendum, and the rise of the Canadian Alliance and the unite the right agenda all provide an invaluable background to understanding the way Canada works today and its direction in years to come.
To write a popular history of Canada which is both entertaining and informative is not an easy task. Desmond Morton is to be congratulated for doing precisely this. - Canadian Historical Review
What extends the attractiveness of A Short History of Canada to the general reader is Morton's capacity as a first-rate storyteller. The Toronto Star
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