In the twenty years following the Second World War, dominant representations of Canadian identity in anglophone public discourse underwent a deep transformation. Notions of Canadian identity based on British ethnic roots gave way to a civic-based concept of equality. The Other Quiet Revolution traces this understudied cultural transformation, which underscored many key developments in the formation of Canadian nationhood, including the adoption of the Charter of Rights.This elegant work examines representations of Canadian identity from 1945 to 1971. Jose Igartua analyzes editorial opinion, political rhetoric, and history textbooks to demonstrate Canada's self-conception as a British country through the early 1960s. The decade that followed, however, brought struggles with bilingualism and biculturalism as well as Quebec's constitutional demands, which helped to popularize a new "civic" approach to national identity in English-speaking Canada - one that embraced accommodation, pluralism, diversity, and openness. As English Canada reshaped its views of itself, Igartua argues, the British definition of Canada dissolved and gave rise to a national identity based on civic mores that were no longer linked to a British reference.With its sophisticated conceptual framework and systematic approach to understanding the discourse of Canadian collective identity, The Other Quiet Revolution will appeal to readers interested in Canadian identity and nationalism as well as to general readers of Canadian history.
Jose E. Igartua is a professor of history at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Searching for National Identities 1 Being of the Breed 2 The Boundaries of Canadian Citizenship 3 Values, Memories, Symbols, Myths, and Traditions 4 This Nefarious Work 5 When Tories Roar 6 Predominantly of British Origin 7 Bewailing Their Loss 8 A Long Whine of Bilious Platitudes Conclusion: From Ties of Descent to Principles of Equality Notes Bibliography Index