Throughout his lively and opinionated history, award-winning author H.V. Nelles takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Canadian land and inhabitants from the earliest human occupation to the present. Canada's enduring theme, he argues, is transformation. The country has undergone several fundamental changes, from Indigenous occupation, to French and British colonization, to the rise of an independent nation - and it is doing so yet again.
Revised throughout, this 150th anniversary edition includes new material addressing issues currently affecting Canada including Indigenous peoples and their relationships with Canada, immigration,
national resources and fossil fuels, and the Arctic.
- A concise overview, encompassing the earliest human occupation of North America, nearly 14,000 years ago, to the present.
- A highly readable narrative history can be read cover-to-cover and understood by any non-specialist.
- Fully indexed and comprehensive quick reference to Canadian history.
"Clear, concise, and colourful."
" - Times Colonist (Victoria)
"Lively, compact, and opinionated. . . . If you no longer can recall what is significant about the British North America Act, the Family Compact, the Charlottetown and Meech Lake Accords, the rebellions of Louis Riel, William Lyon Mackenzie and Louis-Joseph Papineau, and the War Measures Act, then this informative volume, a marvel of compression, is for you."
" - Hamilton Spectator
"Many are called to write gem-like distillations like this one, but few can pull it off with Nelles's elegance, intelligence, and clarity."
" - Canadian Historical Review