Three Civilizations, Two Cultures, One State

Canada’s Political Traditions

Three Civilizations, Two Cultures, One State

Duke University Center for International Studies Publications

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Book Pages: 464 Illustrations: Published: February 1986

Author: Douglas Verney

Politics > Political Science

This volume examines 150 years of Canadian political life in light if one of the country's most intractable problems, its cultural identity. Although many thoughtful Canadians remain dubious about the existence of a truly Canadian way of life, Douglas Verney argues that in fact Canada's political traditions embody and reflect a unique culture; and that although the Canadian government has been the primary instrument for nurturing this culture, it has been at the same time the entity most guilty of obscuring and ignoring it.



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Tables ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1. American in Civilization, Canadian in Culture 9

2. Pragmatism and Canada's "Philosophical Federalism" 35

3. The Americanization of the Social Sciences: The Canadian Response to Scientific Empiricism 58

4. Taking Tradition for Granted: English Canada's Attachment to Westminster 112

5. The "Reconciliation" of Parliamentary Supremacy and Federalism 149

6. From Conquest via Rebellion to Dualism: French Canadian Perceptions before 1867 172

7. Dualism versus Majority Rule 210

8. French Canada and the Triumph of Majority Rule 252

9. Quebec and the Rest of Canada: The Limitations of Philosophical Federalism 300

10. Options Canada: Options Quebec 346

11. Conclusion: Toward a New State Structure? 391

Notes 405

Bibliography 435

Index 445
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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-0654-2