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The West: Regional Ambitions, National Debates, Global Age

Friesen, Gerald

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ISBN 10: 0140284214 / ISBN 13: 9780140284218
Published by Penguin/McGill Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1999
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189 pp. "In this incisive look at the Canadian West, award-winning writer Gerald Friesen argues that it's time to re-imagine the islands upon which we have constructed our Canadian identities. Encouraging readers to bid a fond farewell to such outdated images of the West as cowboy hats, eagle feathers and jellied salads, he reviews the historic, economic and social foundations of the old Western grievances with the Big Bad East, and depicts the West as it should be seen: as four distinct provinces with a few important elements in common. Taking issue with the claim that the West has a single political outlook, he surveys Western contributions to national debates and calls upon Canadians to catch up to the current Western Canadian reality.". Bookseller Inventory # 001733

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Title: The West: Regional Ambitions, National ...

Publisher: Penguin/McGill Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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An incisive look at the Canadian West

The British Columbia geographer Cole Harris has written that Canada is "a composition of islands." In a country where the geography of settlement is disjointed and discontinuous, Canadians have come to think in terms of broad regional generalizations: the West, Central Canada, the East, the North.

In this second volume in the new Understanding Canada series co-published with the McGill Institute, Gerald Friesen argues that it's time to re-imagine the islands upon which we have constructed our Canadian identities, and that we need to develop new myths for a global age. He reviews the history, economics and social foundation of the old Western grievances with the Big Bad East, and depicts the West as it should be seen: as four distinct provinces with a few elements in common. He takes issue with the claim that the West has a single political outlook and challenges readers to visualize and debate the purpose and choices of our nation with a clear picture of current Western Canadian reality in mind.

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