Quebec
376 pages, 7 x 10
65 charts, 23 tables
Paperback
Release Date:01 Jan 2009
ISBN:9780774814263
Hardcover
Release Date:09 Jul 2008
ISBN:9780774814256
PDF
Release Date:01 Jan 2009
ISBN:9780774856065
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Quebec

A Historical Geography

UBC Press

In this richly documented work, Serge Courville tells the geographical history of Quebec from the appearance of the first humans through to the present day. This detailed and erudite book maps major stages of Quebec’s development, providing a geographical record of the many social relationships that over time created a sense of place. Landscape, Courville shows, is the keeper of memory, the record of successive changes, and a witness to the genesis of the new. Places that were once agricultural, then left to waste and ruin, are today revivified by tourism. Areas that now house office buildings were long ago open playgrounds where children ruled. Drawing on vast research, Courville shows how, in spite of the turbulence Quebec often endures – or perhaps because of it – the land itself may be seen as an important participant in the history of its peoples.

Quebec: A Historical Geography was originally published by Les Presses de l’Université Laval as Le Québec: Genèses et mutations du territoire.

During his twenty-two years as a professor in the Department of Geography at Université Laval, Serge Courville authored or co-authored some seventeen books, including an ambitious comparative study of colonization and immigration in Canada. Richard Howard has been translating books from the French, chiefly in the social sciences, for over three decades.

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1: The Territory

1 Historical Depth

Part 2: Prehistoric Ranges

2 Origins

3 European Contact

Part 3: Frontier Farmers

4 Establishing a Colony

5 A Century of Expansion

6 After the Conquest

Part 4: Growth and Colonization

7 Transition

8 Taking the Land

9 The Other Frontier

Part 5: Prospects

10 From Growth to Recession

Conclusion

Afterword

Notes

References

Index

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