Quebec Questions: Quebec Studies for the Twenty-First Century

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Quebec Questions: Quebec Studies for the Twenty-First Century is a contributed, multidisciplinary text that examines Quebec history from social, cultural, and political perspectives. Editors Jarrett Rudy, Stephan Gervais, and Christopher Kirkey bring together experts from a variety of fields to create a contributed text on the history of Quebec that is the first of its kind in the English language. Much more than a mere survey text, Quebec Questions engages students with questions such as is Quebec distinct?, what makes Quebec distinct?, what is its relationship with the rest of Canada?, and what is its place on the world stage? In addition to the editors' introductions, which provide a framework and context for each of the text's parts, an expansive pedagogical program in every chapter, including a timeline, a biographical sketch of a key figure, a profile of a significant event, critical-thinking questions, a select bibliography, and relevant websites for further exploration. The broad and inclusive format of Quebec Questions will ensure its appropriateness for the growing number of courses examining Quebec through a variety of lenses.

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Jarrett Rudy is an assistant professor as well as the director of the Quebec Studies program at McGill University. He teaches and researches nineteenth- and twentieth-century Quebec and Canadian social and cultural history. More specifically, he is interested in everyday interactions between cultural groups in Quebec and their relationships to larger economic and political structures. Quebec Questions is his first book.

Stephan Gervais is an assistant professor at McGill University and coordinator of the Quebec Studies program. Gervais has written numerous research papers and journal articles on the subject of Quebec history and is frequently a guest speaker at Quebec and Canadian studies conferences. Quebec Questions is his first book.

Christopher Kirkey is a professor in and director of the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh. Prior to accepting his SUNY post, Kirkey worked with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and was assistant editor of the American Review of Canadian Studies (1997-2003). Kirkey has authored a wide variety of journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and commissioned reports. In addition to Quebec Questions, he is currently working on a book titled The Global Elimination of Landmines: The Origins, Negotiation & Implementation of the Ottawa Convention for Indiana University Press.

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"It is chronological as well as thematic. It is event-based as well as issues-based. It is interdisciplinary and inclusive... This book addresses the student and interested general reader, and does much to present a well-balanced view of Quebec to an English-speaking public.. [Quebec Questions
offers] a wide-ranging selection of essays, biographies, and timelines - all excellent material for a well-rounded understanding of issues related to Quebec's past and present."

--Molly Ungar, University of the Fraser Valley

"This [text] skillfully integrates articles from several academic fields to reflect the inter-disciplinary nature of Quebec Studies. The chronological ordering of historical pieces on New France, the Conquest, post-Rebellion Quebec, and Canadian federalism and Quebec nationalism is apt. The
reader is attentive to a broad range of topics comprising French Canada, Quebec culture (literature, music, theatre), Aboriginal history, religion, language, politics, gender, ethnicity, regional, and international issues."

--Kathleen Lord, Mount Allison University

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