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Philosophy Political

Lament for a Nation

The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism

by (author) George Grant

foreword by Andrew Potter

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2005
Category
Political
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780773582163
    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780773530102
    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773530027
    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price
    $95.00

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Canadians have relatively few binding national myths, but one of the most pervasive and enduring is the conviction that the country is doomed. In 1965 George Grant passionately defended Canadian identity by asking fundamental questions about the meaning and future of Canada’s political existence. In Lament for a Nation he argued that Canada – immense and underpopulated, defined in part by the border, history, and culture it shares with the United States, and torn by conflicting loyalties to Britain, Quebec, and America – had ceased to exist as a sovereign state. Lament for a Nation became the seminal work in Canadian political thought and Grant became known as the father of Canadian nationalism.

This edition includes a major introduction by Andrew Potter that explores Grant’s arguments in the context of changes in ethnic diversity, free trade, globalization, post-modernism, and 9/11. Potter discusses the shifting uses of the terms “liberal” and “conservative” and closes with a look at the current state of Canadian nationalism.

About the authors

George Grant (1918-88) has been acknowledged as Canada's leading political philosopher. He taught religion and philosophy at McMaster University and Dalhousie University. His books include Philosophy in the Mass Age, Lament for a Nation, English-Speaking Justice, Technology and Justice and Technology and Empire.

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Andrew Potter is the coauthor of the international bestseller Nation of Rebels. A journalist, writer, and teacher, he lives in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter (@jandrewpotter).

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