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do timbits, the beaver, and the blue beret all have in common? They are all
iconic symbols of Canadian identity and they are all subjects of this amusing,
insightful book. Along with poutine, totem poles, roll up the rim and plenty
more. Pop culture meets serious history. What better way to understand the
origins of our national dreams, eh?"
—Daniel Francis, author of Selling Canada: Three Propaganda Campaigns that Shaped the Nation
"Symbols of Canada is a path breaking book. It unravels the real origins and cultural significance of national symbols such as the 'Mountie' or the Maple Leaf that are widely popular but little understood. This study will prove informative not only for Canadians but for anyone interested in the issue of national identity."
—John Bodnar, professor of history, Indiana University and author of The "Good War" in American Memory
“The beaver may be a rodent, the north merely a compass point and the paternity of poutine still undecided but these, among many, signs and symbols define, sometimes divide, and frequently distinguish Canadians. While worthy of any library, this insightful, informative and entertaining collection proves that Canadiana, demystified, de-mythed and de-kitsched, can go “coffee table”. Solid and original scholarship, superb illustrations, concise and punchy writing combine with (sometimes self-deprecating) humour. Mini Mouse Mountie serves a useful cause. Canadian eh?”
—Jane Koustas, professor of modern languages, Brock University
“Symbols of Canada challenges us to think about why particular stories, activities, landscapes, and events are invested with national meaning. From colonialism to consumerism, the contributors to this collection deftly connect the past with the present, and demonstrate how national symbols are made, re-made, and sometimes forgotten.”
—James Opp, professor of history, Carleton University and co-editor of Placing Memory and Remembering Place in Canada