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Atlantic Canada

A Region in the Making

by (author) Margaret Conrad

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2001
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    Mar 2001
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Winner of the Canadian Historical Association's 2002 CLIO AWARDThis third volume in the Illustrated History of Canada series explores the history of all four Atlantic provinces. "Atlantic Canada" is a relatively new entity. Only in thelast few decades has the term become the convenient shorthand for the old "Maritime provinces--New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, andPrince Edward Island--together with Newfoundland and Labrador, and even now powerful local identities resist calls for a more formal union. Yet, Margaret Conrad and James Hiller suggest, attitudes in the four provinces are converging. Having long combined a profound sense of place, pride, andoptimism with a fatalistic resignation, today the people of Atlantic Canada are increasingly coming to share a determination to overcome their position as poor cousins within the Canadian federation. Atlantic Canada tells the story of the region from its geological origins through its settlers, Aboriginal and European, to their descendants' lives on a series of margins: first of the French and British empires, then of Confederation, now of the global "free market". Together, a vivid narrativeand some 150 illustrations trace not only the four provinces' varied social, economic, and political histories, but the distinctive 'regions of the mind' that have played an equally important role in their evolution as a region 'in the making."

About the author

Margaret Conrad has taught several generations of students at Acadia University and the University of New Brunswick. A longtime advocate of Planter Studies, she has also published several general histories of Canada and Atlantic Canada.

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