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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; 3 edition (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773524509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773524507
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the earlier editions of A Short History of Quebec: "The best book currently available in English on the history of Quebec." Julian Gwyn, Ottawa Citizen "Up-to-date, comprehensive ... and innovative ... It will serve as a model for those writing other Canadian texts and stand the test of time." J.I. Little, Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française "This book should be read by anyone who would like to have a general and very good introduction to Quebec history." Eric Darier, British Journal of Canadian Studies

About the Author

John A. Dickinson teaches Quebec history at the Universite de Montreal.
Brian Young teaches Quebec history at McGill University. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By this_justin on December 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a relatively well-written, thoroughly competent overview of Quebec history from a predominantly socio-economic perspective. As another review notes, there are shades of Marxism; unlike this other reviewer I understand that Marx was an originary figure in socio-economic history and so ANY book written with an economic basis will show the influence of the author of Das Kapital, and to me that's not necessarily a bad thing. These writers don't ignore the role of the Catholic church, the Seigneurial system, or artistic production in Quebec history; they start from the position that all these institutions are given structure by economic relationships, a fairly widely accepted historiographical position. If they're a little dry and schematic about it, well, introductory historical texts have a tendency to be a little dry and schematic.

My slight beef with this tome is that it generally presupposes a familiarity with Canadian history that readers looking for an introductory text on Quebec might not have. For example, the October Crisis is mentioned early in a chapter and never especially well explained. This surely has something to do with the writers' determination to resist a "great men and events" method of historiography and to explicate a narrative of change based on socio-economic conditions, but it can leave the U.S. educated reader scratching his or her head or running off to wikipedia to get up to speed. Combined with the tendency of this kind of introductory history to read as an thick blur of names, dates, and locales, the constant need to look outside the text makes for a book that, while not especially challenging in its terminology or style, can nevertheless be difficult to get through.

Commendable as the best general history of Quebec I've seen that's addressed to an English audience, Dickinson and Young's work nevertheless leaves the field wide open for other writers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Mantel on August 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's called "A Short History" but it's a big thick book with a lot more detail than I bargained for.

A little bit dry at times but generally very readable and informative.
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By Alison Koritz on March 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
More for the serious history student. Not well suited for a quick tourist overview review and highlights of historical locations.
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By William Olmstead on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good history on this facinating region of North America. As an American, it made me want to visit this region.
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