CANADIANS IN THE MAKING by Arthur R.M. Lower

CANADIANS IN THE MAKING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This critical and controversial study of Canada by the Douglas Professor of History at Queen's University, author of many books and articles on Canada, traces the development of Canada from the arrival of Champlain and the establishment of the first French colonies in 1608 and the arrival of the English a few years later-to the present day. Telling of the Conquest of Canada by the English in 1760 but paying surprisingly little attention to the great, fur-trading companies, Hudson's Bay and Northwest, the author writes of the French and Indian Wars, of the American Revolution and the influence of ""Tory"" refugees on Canadian history, of the development of the frontier and of the slow deterioration of friendly relations between French and English to the point of present-day semi-animosity; thundering against what he calls Canadian lack of self-reliance and undue dependence on England and the United States, he speaks of the worship of the god CAR and what he considers ""sloppiness"" in Canadian life and thought. Lacking a map of Canada, with no bow to readers ignorant of details of Canadian history, this angry, erudite and incredibly well-documented book will appeal in this country chiefly to historians of the continent as a whole, although students of America's economic and social problems should profit by it. Not for readers ignorant of Canada or with no interest in problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 1959
Publisher: Longmans, Green