Studying Canada

I think correlated with the events described in the previous post, I am beginning a deeper study of Canada–history, politics, and culture. Part of a process of entering into the culture. It’s been 3 years now (more or less) of living here, and I’m just now beginning to feel like I want to understand the land, hear its deeper whispers and so on.

The books I’m reading, for anyone interested:

The Illustrated History of Canada (ed., Craig Brown)
First Nations of Canada (Olive Patricia Dickason)
The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream (John Ibbitson)

The first would be a so-called dead white man’s history.  The second a history of the thousands of years prior to European contact (which actually began in 1000 with the Vikings but nobody is ever taught about then in North American schools).  And the last a current political outlook with some pretty biting criticism.

And probably after the honeymoon, a book by the baddest-ass named person on the planet:

Lloyd Axworthy.  (Foreign Policy).

Here’s a website with some basics on Canadian history.  .

[Photo: Canadian Coat of Arms]

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