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512 pp.
2 figures; 3 tables; 3 maps; 20 photos, 7" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Modern Canada

1945 to Present

Edited by Catherine Briggs

Featuring both scholarly articles and brand new essays, this engaging collection traces the compelling history of postwar Canada and examines the fundamental changes that have transformed and redefined this nation since 1945. Together, the readings reveal Canada's steady move toward a culture and national identity based on tolerance, diversity, and social justice.

Readership : Modern Canada: 1945 to Present is a core text suitable for courses on Canada Since 1945 that are offered out of history departments at the second- and third-year levels.

* - Articles commissioned specifically for this volume.
Part I: National Identity and Nationalism
1. Immigration and Multiculturalism
Augie Fleras: "Under Repair," "Work in Progress": Trajectories of Canadian Multiculturalism *
Stephanie Bangarth: Citizen Activism, Refugees, and the State: Two Case Studies in Canadian Immigration History *
2. "Canadian" Identity and Culture
Matthew Hayday: Fireworks, Folk-dancing, and Fostering a National Identity
Ryan Edwardson: Canadianization: Culture and Nationhood in the Postwar Years *
3. Nation within a Nation
Michael D. Behiels: Mulroney and a Nationalist Quebec: Key to Political Realignment in Canada?
David Newhouse: Aboriginal Identities and the New Indian Problem
Part II: Federalism, Liberalism, and Regionalism
4. Regional Politics and Identity
Alvin Finkel: Alberta Social Credit and the Second National Policy
Corey Slumkoski: "A narrow provincialism": Regionalism in Atlantic Canada, 1945-1970 *
5. The Welfare State
Sean Purdy: "It Was Tough on Everybody": Low-Income Families and Housing Hardship in Post-World War II Toronto
Raymond Blake: Intergovernmental Relations Trumps Social Policy Change: Trudeau, Constitutionalism, and Family Allowances
6. From Postwar Liberalism to Neo-Liberalism
Michael Goldfield & Bryan D. Palmer: Canada's Workers Movement: Uneven Developments
Brooke Jeffrey: The Harper Government and Open Federalism *
Part III: Canada and the World
7. Finding a "Middle-Power" Ground in the Postwar World
Hector Mackenzie: The "Revolution" in Canada's International Policies *
Andrew Preston: Balancing War and Peace: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Vietnam War, 1961-1965
8. Canadians in the Developing World
David Webster: Eyeing the Indies: Canadian Relations with Indonesia, 1945-99 *
Ruth Compton Brouwer: When Missions Become Development: Ironies of "ngoization" in Mainstream Canadian Churches in the 1960s
9. Canada and the United States
Stephen Azzi: Foreign Investment and the Paradox of Economic Nationalism
Robert Huebert: The Transformation of Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security: From Myth to Reality *
Part IV: The Rights Revolution
10. Early Human Rights Movements
Catherine Briggs: The "Social Answer": The Development of Maternity and Child Care Provisions in the 1960s *
Carmela Patrias: Socialists, Jews, and the 1947 Saskatchewan Bill of Rights
11. Rights in the 1960s and 1970s
Dominique Clement: Generations and the Transformation of Social Movements in Postwar Canada
Malgorzata Kierylo: The Recognition of Institutional Racism in Ontario: Public and Private Enquiries into Toronto's "Race Crisis," 1975-1982 *
12. The Charter Revolution
Chance Minnett Watchel and Matthew Hennigar: Righteous Litigation: An Examination of Christian Conservative Interest Group Litigation Before the Appellate Courts of Canada, 1982-2009 *
Miriam Smith: Social Movements and Judicial Empowerment: Courts, Public Policy, and Lesbian and Gay Organizing in Canada
Part V: Changing Values and Norms
13. The Environment
Mark Joseph McLaughlin: "As thick as molasses": Water Pollution Regulation in New Brunswick, 1947-1975 *
Tina Loo: Disturbing the Peace: Environmental Change and the Scales of Justice on a Northern River
14. Youth and Resistance
Matthew Roth: "How to Walk Safely in Immigration's Minefield": The Toronto Anti-Draft Programme and the Changing Needs of American War Resisters in Canada during the Vietnam War *
Christabelle Sethna: The University of Toronto Health Service, Oral Contraception, and Student Demand for Birth Control, 1960-70
15. Gender, Work, and Family
Barbara Freeman: Breaking Out of the Glass Cage: Women Newspaper Journalists in Canada, 1945-1975 *
Robert Rutherdale: Three Faces of Fatherhood as a Masculine Category: Tyrants, Teachers, and Workaholics as "Responsible Family Men" During Canada's Baby Boom

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Catherine Briggs is an instructor in the history department at St Jerome's University, University of Waterloo. She teaches a number of courses on Canadian history, including social and business history, and has published in the area of women's and social history.

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Special Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of the political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of the post-1945 era provides students with a broad understanding of the dynamic forces shaping this nation.
  • Balance of scholarly articles and original contributions present a well-rounded introduction to modern Canadian history.
  • Part-opening introductions written by the editor provide unique coverage and offer context to help students solidify their understanding of key concepts.
  • Thematic approach introduces diverse perspectives on major issues of the period, such as immigration and multiculturalism; regional identity; environmental concerns; gender roles; and human rights.
  • Helpful learning tools - including text boxes with background information on key concepts, part-opening timelines, and end-of-part pedagogy-support student comprehension and engagement.