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'Universite Laval as Le Quebec: Geneses et mutations du territoire.
During his twenty-two years as a professor in the Department of Geography at Universite 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