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The Other Quiet Revolution
National Identities in English Canada, 1945-71
Jose Igartua  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 8/2/2006
ISBN: 9780774810883    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2007
ISBN: 9780774810913    

288 Pages


About the Book

Winner, Harold Adams Innis Prize -- for best English-language book in the Social Sciences, The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In the twenty years following the Second World War, representations of national identity in anglophone Canada underwent a deep transformation. Ethnic definitions of Canadian identity gave way to a rights-based concept of citizenship. The Other Quiet Revolution traces this under-examined cultural transformation woven through key developments in the formation of Canadian nationhood, from the 1946 Citizenship Act and the 1956 Suez crisis to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-70) and the adoption of the federal multiculturalism policy in 1971.

In this elegant work, José Igartua analyzes editorial opinion, political rhetoric, history textbooks, and public opinion polls to show how Canada’s self-conception as a British country extended into the 1950s. In the decade that followed, however, the British definition of Canada dissolved. Struggles with bilingualism and biculturalism, as well as Quebec’s constitutional demands, helped to fashion new representations of national identity in English-speaking Canada based on the civic principle of equality.

With its sophisticated conceptual framework and systematic approach to understanding the discourse of Canadian collective identity, The Other Quiet Revolution will appeal to readers interested in Canadian identity and nationalism and to general readers of Canadian history

About the Author(s)

José E. Igartua is a professor of history at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Searching for National Identities

1 Being of the Breed

2 The Boundaries of Canadian Citizenship

3 Values, Memories, Symbols, Myths, and Traditions

4 This Nefarious Work

5 When Tories Roar

6 Predominantly of British Origin

7 Bewailing Their Loss

8 A Long Whine of Bilious Platitudes

Conclusion: From Ties of Descent to Principles of Equality





Reviews of this title are not available at this time.

This book is ordered by an elegant analytic simplicity. Igartua addresses what is too often skirted in Canadian historiography. For all the discussion of representations of nationhood that now animates historians, few actually bothered to consider how quickly Canadian identity shifted in the middle of the last century.

The measure of any book is the questions it makes us ask. Igartua’s pages give rise to many more than can be posed in a short review. It is a measure of his achievement that he makes us see the obvious, when it has, for so long, been anything but clear, and then allows us to rethink what he has made of it all. Authors cannot be expected to do much more than this.
-Bryan D. Palmer, Trent University, Labour / Le Travail, Vol. 60, Fall 2007

The Other Quiet Revolution is a concise, well-researched account that provides a fresh interpretation of the dramatic changes that English Canada experienced, particularly in the 1960s, Canada’s centennial decade.
- Timothy S. Forest, University of Texas at Austin, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 98, No. 4, Fall 2007

Readers interested in modern Canadian history and in the contribution made by national symbols and public debate to the evolution of political culture will find this an important publication of an understudied topic.
- Hugh Mellon, CBRA 2006, Fall 2007

José E. Igartua’s The Other Quiet Revolution presents an astonishingly careful, thoughtful, and insightful re-imagining of mid-twentieth-century Canadian history that puts the experience and ambitions of people from this country at the heart of the discussion. As a parallel social movement to what was occurring in French Canada at the time, Igartua charts the evolution of English Canada from ethnically British through to its embrace of a new, civic identity. …Igartua’s study, rich in detail and nuance, is precisely the kind of book that contributes to and indeed might even change our sense of the Canadian social contract—especially English Canada’s part and place in the country. Given its extensive research and striking interpretation of its findings, it will also remain relevant and influential long after the other two books have been remaindered.
- Gregory Betts, Canadian Literature, No. 195, Winter 2007

This is an important and provocative book that should enrich and enliven our understanding of the postwar formation of citizenship policy and the emergence of a civic-based national identity in postwar English Canada.
- Jennifer A. Stephen, University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 1, Winter 2008

The book generally allows the source material to speak for itself, with description rather
than extended analysis. […] it would make good reading on any undergraduate course dealing with identity in Canada or the British empire more generally […]. The Other Quiet Revolution will also be of interest to those examining how ideas of ‘race ’ (often vague and ill-defined) developed and shifted in Canada, the UK and elsewhere during the twentieth century.
- Simon J. Potter, National University of Ireland, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 21.1, Spring 2008

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

History > Canada
Cultural Studies

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