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Subject: Books on Canadian History
Date Posted: 5/13/2010 5:20 PM ET
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a few good books on the history of Canada?

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 7:57 PM ET
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A book by Hugh MacLennan, Two Solitudes, used to be required reading in Canadian public schools.  It was about how the two cultural heritages, English and French, melded to make Canada what it is today.  For a novel about the opening up of the Canadian prairie to wheat farming, I'd recommend Fruits of the Earth, by Frederick Philip Grove.  For a non-fiction account of pioneer life in Canada, try that classic, first published in the 1850s, by Susanna Moodie, Roughing It in the Bush..  It's a valuable historic document, as well as a vastly entertaining book to read.



Last Edited on: 5/14/10 5:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/14/2010 1:08 PM ET
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Fantastic! Thanks for the recommendations! Canada has always interested me and these books sound like a good place to start my reading about the history of country. 

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 8:22 PM ET
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I visited the Maritime Provinces two summers ago, and before I left read A Brief History of Canada (2nd ed) by Roger Riendeau. At 400+ pages it isn't exactly brief, but I cannot recommend it more highly. Whatever you do, read something that will help you sort out early Canadian history, and unravel the byzantine nature of Canadian government today.

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 11:24 PM ET
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John-

First i must say GO HOGS!

Second, I'm jealous that you have been to the Maritime Provinces!

Third, thanks for the recommendation! I will check it out!