Masterful, ambitious, and groundbreaking, this is a major new history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historiansa book every Canadian should own.
From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canadaa revealing, groundbreaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation.
The first of three volumes, spanning from the year 1000 to 1867, and beginning with Canada's first inhabitants and the early explorers, this masterful history challenges our perception of our history and Canada's role in the world, taking on sweeping themes and vividly recounting the story of Canada's development from colony to dominion to country.
Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new reexamination of our country's history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.
About the Author
CONRAD BLACK is the author of widely acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. He was for many years the head of the Argus, Hollinger, and Telegraph Newspaper groups. Black is a financier, and a columnist in the National Post, which he founded, and the National Review Online and The Huffington Post. Black served three years in US federal prisons tutoring fellow prisoners for their secondary school matriculations, although all charges against him were eventually abandoned, rejected by jurors, or vacated by the US Supreme Court, and he won the largest libel settlement in Canadian history from his original accusers. He has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001. He lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto.
Table of Contents
Foreword Paul Johnson xi
Prelude: "The Land God Gave to Cain": Original Inhabitants and Early Explorers, 874-1603 7
Chapter 1 Champlain, the French Monarchy, New France, and the Maritime Colonies, 1603-1754 23
Chapter 2 Carleton, American Wars, and the Birth of Canada and the United States. The British Defeat the French, the Americans and French Defeat the British, and the British and Canadians Draw with the Americans, 1754-1830 111
Chapter 3 Baldwin, LaFontaine, and the Difficult Quest for Autonomy from Britain While Retaining British Protection from the United States, 1830-1867 213
Photographic Credits 324