Celebrating Canada: Holidays, National Days, and the Crafting of Identities

Category: Book
Edited By: Blake, Raymond B.
Edited By: Hayday, Mathew
Series: Celebrating Canada
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Historiography
  HISTORY / Modern / General
Audience: college/higher education
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Published: December 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 8.96in x 6.02in x 1.07in
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From The Publisher*

Holidays are a key to helping us understand the transformation of national, regional, community and ethnic identities. In Celebrating Canada, Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake situate Canada in an international context as they examine the history and evolution of our national and provincial holidays and annual celebrations.

The contributors to this volume examine such holidays as Dominion Day, Victoria Day, Quebec's FĂȘte Nationale and Canadian Thanksgiving, among many others. They also examine how Canadians celebrate the national days of other countries (like the Fourth of July) and how Dominion Day was observed in the United Kingdom. Drawing heavily on primary source research, and theories of nationalism, identities and invented traditions, the essays in this collection deepen our understanding of how these holidays have influenced the evolution of Canadian identities.

From The Publisher*

In Celebrating Canada, Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake situate Canada in an international context as they examine the history and evolution of our national and provincial holidays and annual celebrations.