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Laurentian thesis

The Laurentian thesis responded to the continentalist implications of the frontier thesis by arguing that Canada was founded on an east–west axis—at the heart of which was the St Lawrence ...

Laurentian thesis

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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262 words

... thesis . The Laurentian thesis responded to the continentalist implications of the frontier thesis by arguing that Canada was founded on an east–west axis—at the heart of which was the St Lawrence River transportation system —and on the European exploitation of peculiarly northern resources, especially fur. ‘The present Dominion emerged not in spite of geography but because of it’, wrote H. A. Innis in his seminal work, The Fur Trade in Canada ( 1930 ). The Laurentian thesis did for Canada what the frontier thesis had done for the United States:...

Laurentian thesis

Laurentian thesis  

The Laurentian thesis responded to the continentalist implications of the frontier thesis by arguing that Canada was founded on an east–west axis—at the heart of which was the St Lawrence ...
Parkin, George Robert

Parkin, George Robert (1846–1922)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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151 words

... Imperial Federation ( 1892 ), Round the Empire ( 1892 ), The Great Dominion ( 1895 ), and Sir John A. Macdonald ( 1908 ), Parkin advanced a two-pronged historical interpretation: that Canada was increasingly pan-Britannic in orientation, and that (anticipating the Laurentian thesis ) the east–west geographical features of Canada resisted north–south continental integration. Terry...

frontier thesis

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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268 words

...on which to ground a critique of British imperial rule in a time of growing national feeling, many found in Turner's thesis a means of integrating social, economic, and political history and explaining it with reference to the peculiarities of the North American environment. ‘North American democracy’, wrote A. R. M. Lower , ‘was forest-born’. The sociologist S. D. Clark later made fruitful use of the concept (and of the Laurentian thesis ) in his studies of social organization and political movements. Although no longer accepted in its original form by...

metropolitan thesis

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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250 words

...thesis . An approach to Canadian history articulated by J. M. S. Careless in the early 1950s ( Canadian Historical Review , 1954 ) as an alternative to the frontier and Laurentian theses , although also used earlier by D. C. Masters ( The Rise of Toronto, 1850–1890 , 1947 ). Frontierism, it said, got the process of historical causation backwards, at least in the case of Canada, which had been shaped more by old-world traditions and institutions than by new-world innovations. Akin to the Laurentian and staples theses in its emphasis on...

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