Partisan Odysseys: Canada’s Political Parties
In Partisan Odysseys, Nelson Wiseman sets out to survey the history of Canada’s political parties. Uncovering distinctive motifs and events in Canadian party politics from pre-Confederation to the present, Wiseman shows how parties have adjusted, adapted, and reinvented themselves in response to significant social and economic changes as well as how parties have, in turn, shaped or reinforced these social forces.
The book begins by tracing the rise of four different types of parties in the nineteenth century. By the end of the century, the Conservative and Liberal parties that continue to this day were firmly established. Among the topics covered throughout are nationalism, minority governments, third parties, and the reconfiguration of party positions. Wiseman concludes by examining changes in the way Canada’s ever-evolving parties have operated and the rise of the modern party as a nimble, enterprising institution compared to its historical antecedent.
Substantial yet accessible, Partisan Odysseys will enlighten students, scholars, and general readers alike.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
"Calling upon a wide range of resources, Partisan Odysseys provides notoriously history-shy political science students with the story of Canada through the lens of its political parties."
Peter Woolstencroft, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo
"In answering the question, ‘how did we get to where we are today?’ Partisan Odysseys presents an engaging overview of 215 years of federal Canadian party history that is both chronologically organized and easy to follow, while providing the reader with an understanding of the evolution of federal Canadian political party history, including where the parties came from, and how issues have changed overtime."
David McGrane, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan
Author InformationNelson Wiseman is a professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
1. Four Party Types: Nineteenth Century Party Politics
2. Imperialism, Continentalism, Nationalism
3. Industrialization, Urbanization, and Depression: The Rise of Third Parties
4. Parties of Warfare and Welfare
5. Minority Governments: The Diefenbaker-Pearson Years
6. Economy, Language, Unity
7. Trading Places
8. Division and Reconfiguration
9. Conservatism: Old and New
Conclusion: The Ever-Changing Party
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