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History Post-confederation (1867-)

10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada

by (author) Aaron Hughes

Publisher
The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Category
Post-Confederation (1867-), Canadian Studies, Canadian, Social History
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772126327
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $27.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781772126624
    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price
    $27.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781772127058
    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
    List Price
    $32.99

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Description

Revisiting ten notable days from recent history, Aaron W. Hughes invites readers to think about the tensions, events, and personalities that make Canada distinct. These indelible dates interweave to offer an account of the political, social, cultural, and demographic forces that have shaped the modern nation. The diverse episodes include the enactment of the War Measures Act, hockey’s Summit Series, the patriation of the Constitution, the Multiculturalism Act, the École Polytechnique Massacre, victories for gay rights, Quebec’s second referendum on secession, The Tragically Hip’s farewell concert, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and ongoing Black equality struggles. Each day represents a window on contemporary Canada, jumpstarting reflection and conversation about who we are as a nation and how we got here. Ten Days That Shaped Modern Canada is the perfect guide for all those curious about the forces that shape our country and about how we understand our place in the world.

About the author

Edmonton-born Aaron W. Hughes is the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Religious Studies and International Relations at the University of Rochester, New York. He is the author of 21 books, editor of 12 volumes, and writer of over 100 book chapters and articles. Hughes frequently appears in the media, including The New York Times, NPR, CBC, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Calgary Herald, and Edmonton Journal.

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Editorial Reviews

"10 Days is quirky and compelling. It is excellent book club material. It is a good way to start a fight." Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter, September 3, 2022 [full review at https://www.blacklocks.ca/review-memories]

"Hughes does not pick his days at random. These are hinge points in the making of a modern state…. 10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada tells several striking stories. A very readable book, it offers some new and exciting interpretations of a number of old themes and topics. Not every reader will agree with the author’s point of view or his choice of days. But this is part of the volume’s charm.… the days highlighted by Aaron W. Hughes illustrate that in order to understand who we are as a national community, it is essential to be aware of where we came from.” Matthew J. Bellamy, Literary Review of Canada, January/February 2023

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