An Illustrated History of Quebec

Tradition and Modernity
Author(s): 
Gossage, Peter
Author(s): 
Little, Jack
ISBN: 
9780199002351
Date published: 
October 2012
Hardback
Price: 
£22.50

Peter Gossage and Jack Little recount the history of Quebec from the earliest days to the present in this fascinating and richly illustrated history. The Iroquois of the St Lawrence Valley were making pottery and cultivating crops, with evidence of trade as far as the Gulf of Mexico, around 1000 BCE. But European contact would change this world forever. Early French settlements became a militarized colony; Wolfe defeated Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham; and control of the colony's commerce slipped into the hands of English-speaking merchants, setting the stage for political conflict in the early nineteenth century. The Industrial Revolution brought increased tension between tradition and modernity-two forces that even today can be difficult to reconcile. Quebec, in its often uneasy union with the rest of Canada (not to mention its own Aboriginal peoples), continues to evolve as its population becomes ever more diverse. Detailed chapters on modern Quebec evaluate the political turmoil of recent years, from constitutional wrangles, to the Oka crisis, to sovereignty discussions and the debate about cultural accommodation. Quebec remains a "curious and fascinating political space," a beacon of French-language culture in North America, and an extraordinary nation within a nation. Rarely seen illustrations are accompanied by in-depth captions, opening a world of visual narrative to the history of this complex society.