The Atlantic Provinces in confederation / edited by E.R. Forbes and D.A. Muise ; L.D. McCann, cartographer ; Bill Parenteau, picture editor.

Toronto, [Ontario] ; Buffalo, [New York] ; London, [England] ; Fredericton, [New Brunswick] : University of Toronto Press : Acadiensis Press, 1993.
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Atlantic Provinces -- History.
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Canada's four easternmost provinces, while richly diverse in character and history, share many elements of their political and economic experience within Confederation. In this volume thirteen leading historians explore the shifting tides of Atlantic Canada's history, beginning with the union of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with Ontario and Quebec to form the Dominion in 1867. Continuing on through Prince Edward Island's entry into Confederation six years later and Newfoundland's in 1949, they take the story of Atlantic Canada up to the 1980's.Collectively their work sheds light on the complex political dynamic between the region and Ottawa and reveals the roots of current social and economic realities. Fragmentation versus integration, plenty versus scarcity, centre versus periphery, and other models inform their analysis. The development of regional disparity, and responses to it, form a major theme. The tradition of regional protest by Maritimers, and later Atlantic Canadians, runs deep; so does their commitment to the idea of an integrated Canadian nation. Protests, over the decades, have primarily been expressions of frustration at perceived exclusion from the full benefits of national union. The creation of national markets for labour, capital, and goods often operated to their detriment, and political decisions at the national level frequently reinforced rather than alleviated the regional predicament. More than an account of the wealthy and powerful, this book often places ordinary men and women at the centre of the story. Above all, it reveals the resilience of Atlantic Canadians as they have struggled to overcome their problems and to share in the benefits of life in the Canadian community.
Front matter
Preface / Forbes, E.R. / Muise, D.A.
Prologue: The Atlantic Colonies before Confederation / Muise, D.A.
Part One: Consolidating the Union, 1867-1890
1. The 1860's: Forging the Bonds of Union / Muise, D.A.
2. The 1870's: Political Integration Phillip / Buckner, A.
3. The 1880's: Paradoxes of Progress / Fingard, Judith
Part Two: Transforming Horizons, 1890-1920
4. The 1890's: Fragmentation and the New Social Order / McCann, Larry
5. The 1900's: Industry, Urbanization, and Reform / Howell, Colin
6. The 1910's: The Stillborn Triumph of Progressive Reform / McKay, Ian
Part Three: Living with Disparity, 1920-1950
7. The 1920's: Class and Region, Resistance and Accommodation / Frank, David
8. The 1930's: Depression and Retrenchment / Forbes, E.R.
9. The 1940's: War and Rehabilitation / Miller, Carman
Part Four: The Atlantic Provinces, 1950-1980
10. Newfoundland Confronts Canada, 1867-1949 / Hitter, James K.
11. The 1950's: The Decade of Development / Conrad, Margaret
12. The 1960's: The Illusions and Realities of Progress / Stanley, Della
13. The 1970's: Sharpening the Skeptical Edge John Reid / Reid, John
Epilogue: The 1980's / Forbes, E.R.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes index.
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Forbes, E. R., editor.
Muise, D. A. (Delphin Andrew), 1941- editor.
McCann, L. D., cartographer.
Parenteau, Bill, illustrator.
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