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Political Science State & Provincial

The Promoters' City

Building the Industrial Town of Maisonneuve 1883-1918

by (author) Paul-André Linteau

translated by Robert Chodos

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1985
State & Provincial, General
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    Feb 2008
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When incorporated as a municipality in 1883, Maisonneuve was just another quiet village on the outskirts of Montreal. But a group of local landowners had big plans for the new town.

Twenty years later it was "The Pittsburgh of Canada," boasting an industrial output that ranked second in Quebec and fifth in Canada. Grand civic projects--imposing public buildings, a spacious central boulevard and a huge park--were begun to crown Maisonneuve's achievement. The story of how a handful of local landowners became rich by combining private interests with public ones is a fascinating example of a process that was repeated with minor variations across Quebec.

The Promoters' City sheds light on both the process of urbanization that transformed Quebec at the turn of the century, and on the too-often underrated role of French-Canadian businessmen in Quebec's development.

About the authors

PAUL-ANDRE LINTEAU is a professor of history at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

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ROBERT CHODOS is an experienced author and translator who has published widely in the fields of Canadian business, politics, and transportation and of Quebec history. Among his most recent books are The Unmaking of Canada (1991), Lost in Cyberspace? (1997), and Paul Martin: A Political Biography (1998), all co-written with Rae Murphy and Eric Hamovitch, and all published by Lorimer.

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