Our Lives: Canada after 1945

This book offers a short, comprehensive history of post-war Canada. All the major events and developments in Canadian history are discussed: the evolution of the welfare state; the growth of economic domination by the United States; the halcyon days as a Middle Power; the Quiet Revolution; the First Nations’ quest for autonomy; the flowering of English-Canadian nationalism; Quebec nationalism; the women’s movement; neo-conservatism; and globalization. Finkel covers political, economic, social, and cultural history in this volume.

This second edition includes a substantial new chapter that discusses the people, events, and developments that have dominated the period from 1995 to 2012. This chapter looks at the growing social inequality within Canadian society; the effects of globalization on Canada’s industries, economy, and workers; and the increasing environmental challenges that we face.

Extensively illustrated, Our Lives: Canada after 1945 is a uniquely accessible and comprehensive overview of a period only beginning to attract the attention of historians.

Alvin Finkel

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.

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1945-1963. Looks at this period in terms of economic expansion and the emergence of a weak welfare states, notes the conflicting pressures in government policy making between public demand for … 41 $4.10

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1945-1963 Looks at the idea of two canadas (prosperity vs inequality) and how it is reflected in terms of housing in urban areas and how state policies helped to create them. The emphasis is on … 44 $4.40

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1945-1963. looks at the important regional variations in terms of economic development, political developments, and the degree of social change. Separates the analysis into Quebec, Ontario, West … 21 $2.10

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1945-1963. Looks at the presentation of Canada as a "middle power", a "helpful fixer" whose role was to keep the peace in troubled times. Focuses on Canada’s foreign … 27 $2.70

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1963-1980. Examines Canada’s search for a political identity in the 1960s/70s in conection to the cultural upheaval of the era. Analyzes wage control and monetarism,and Canada’s … 24 $2.40

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1963-1980. Looks at Canada’s national identity and the quest to keep it separate from America. Specifically looks at economic policy, continental integration of industry and foreign policy 21 $2.10

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1963-1980. Looks at the dramatic social change in francophone Quebec and the Quiet Revolution as a society-wide movement that imbraced Trade Unions, the women’s movement, and even the … 33 $3.30

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1963-1980. Looks at the attempts of atlantic and western provinces to maximize their returns from resources and create economic diversification 24 $2.40

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1963-1980. Looks at the women’s movement of the 60s/70s, state policies ignoring the need to help working families and single-parents low income families 20 $2.00

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1963-1980. Looks at the native peoples of Canada coming together to form a national body and the movement to reclaim their rights 19 $1.90

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1963-1980. With a focus on the trade union movement of the 60s/70s analyzes the disparity between classes in the economy and the factor of race and gender in your economic standing 20 $2.00

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Since 1980. Though the Right would have its victories, workers, women’s groups, Natives and Regional Interests demanded with some success that their interests be accomodated as well. Pays … 27 $2.70

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Since 1980. Demonstrates the extent to which Canadian responses to the international marketplace and international politics were changing in the later decades of the twentieth century 25 $2.50

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Since 1980. Traces the ups and downs of Quebec Nationalism from the defeat of the 1980 referendum to the near victory of the 1995 referendum and the aftermath of this second referendum 35 $3.50

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Since 1980. Looks at the successes and setbacks experienced by the groups that composed the majority of members of society but who were increasingly called "special interest groups" by … 33 $3.30

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Since 1980. Examines Canada in the 21st Century with focus given to the economy, the end of liberal dominance 1997-2005, domestic political developments from 2006, social movements in the new millenium 47 $4.70