Part One: In the Shadow of the Giant: 1945-1963
1. Brave New World
2. A Home Fit for Heroes
3. The Regions and the Provinces
4. The Politics of a "Middle Power"
Part Two: Traditions and Invented Identities: 1963-1980
5. The Search for Political Identity
6. English-Canadian Nationalism
7. From the Quiet Revolution to the First Sovereignty
8. The West and the East in the Period of Centralization
9. The Women's Movement: A "Second Wave"
10. Canada's First People Rebel
11. The Salience of Class
Part Three: The Centre Cannot Hold: Canada Since 1980
12. Neo-Conservative Times
13. Canada and the World in the Era of "Globalization"
14. Quebec Nationalism and Globalism
15. Other Voices in a Neo-Conservative Age
ALVIN FINKEL is a professor of history at Athabasca University. He is also the author of Business and Social Reform in the Thirties, The Social Credit Phenomenon in Alberta, and A History of Canadian Peoples.
"Our Lives will greatly interest general readers as well as the academic community. Finkel's excellent work should certainly be considered by teachers as a text on post-war Canada."
"...a wonderful, rollicking read."
"History prof Finkel examines the watershed events and trends that have influenced Canada's history in the past 50 years -- among them the evolution of the welfare state, U.S. domination, Quebec's Quiet Revolution and the women's movement."
"Finkel...offers a detailed social panorama of the shaping of post-Second World War Canada. This is a useful and, more important, concerned illustrated survey."
"In a series of lucid chapters he divides the story into three parts that add up to a meaningful narrative on the making of contemporary Canada... it [provokes readers into a reconsideration of the key events that have shaped the country."
"Finkel's wide-ranging and coherent history begins before World War II... Finkel's account of Quebec's Quiet Revolution and the complicated skein of personalities and events that created the Quebec/Canada imbroglio, including the impact of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, is both detailed and concise."
"This book is the first to look at the people, forces and events that have shaped post-war Canada. All the major themes of our history are covered, such as the evolution of the welfare state, our domination by the United States, our days of importance as a Middle Power, the quiet Revolution, the growth of First Nations' Power, the flowering of English-Canadian Nationalism, the women's movement, Quebec Nationalism, and globalization. An excellent read."