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Andre Laurendeau: French Canadian Nationalist 1912-1968

Donald J. Horton

Published by Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 10: 0195409175 / ISBN 13: 9780195409178
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Title: Andre Laurendeau: French Canadian ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Binding: Hardcover

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Hardcover. 280 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.2in. x 1.0in.Andre Laurendeau was that rarest of Canadian personalities--a man for all seasons. Known in Quebec as a leading nationalist activist and theorist through the critical decades of societal change from the 1930s to the 1960s, his own generation especially recalled his public role as an anti-conscription dissident and provincial politician during World War II. Younger French Canadians related to him as a gifted political journalist; a media figure in both radio and television; a novelist and tele-theatre dramatist; and through it all, an engaged intellectual. English Canadians remember him as editor of Montreals French language newspaper Le Devoir and as co-chairman of the 1960s Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. He was a French Canadian, in other words, whose life story mirrors, in both actions and insights, the agonizing struggle of his people to become modern while remaining distinct. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780195409178

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André Laurendeau was the most widely respected French-Canadian nationalist of his generation. The story of his life is to a striking degree also the story of French-Canadian nationalism from the 1930s to the 1960s, that period of massive societal change when Quebec evolved from a traditional to a modern society. The most insightful intellectual voice of the nationalist movement, he was at the tumultuous centre of events as a young separatist in the 1930s; an anti-conscription activist and reform-minded provincial politician in the 1940s; and an influential journalist, editor of the Montreal daily Le Devoir, in the 1950s. At the same time he played an important role in Quebec's cultural life both as a novelist and playwright and as a well-known radio and television personality. In tracing his life story, this biography sheds indispensable light not only on the development of Laurendeau's own nationalist thought, but on his people's continuing struggle to preserve the national values that make them distinct.

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