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Author Name:    McKAY, Ian and Robin BATES BATES, Robin RADDALL, Thomas) BIRD, Will R.)

Title:   In the Province of History : The Making of the Public Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia. First Edition, paperback

Publisher:    McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 2010, ISBN:9780773537040 

Seller ID:   88514

McKAY, Ian and Robin BATES. In the Province of History : The Making of the Public Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia . Montreal and Kingston : McGill-Queens University Press, (2010). First Edition. Pp. (14),[3]-481,(3). With a few illustrations in the text. 8vo (158 x 234 mm), art-illustrated cardcovers with black lettering to white spine. Ian McKay (b. 1953). "Nova Scotia's captivating natural beauty and important place in the history of North America and the Atlantic world make it a premier tourist destination for visitors from around the world. From re-enactments at the Halifax Citadel, monuments to the Explosion of 1917 and Pier 21, and postcards of Peggy's Cove and Cape Breton, the province has cultivated a thriving tourism industrythat relies on constructing and marketing the history of the area. In the Province of History studies Nova Scotia's long-standing initiatives to attract visitors, the ways in which the region's history has been presented andmisrepresented, and the extent to which even residents have become tourist s in their own lives and towns. Using archival sources, novels, government reports, and works on tourism and heritage, Ian McKay and Robin Bates look at how state planners, key politicians, and cultural figures such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, long-time premier Angus L. Macdonald, and novelist Thomas Raddall were all instrumental in forming 'tourism / history'. The authors argue that Longfellow's 1847 poem Evangeline - on the brutal British expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia - became a template a new kind of profit-making history that exalted whiteness and excluded ethnic minorities, women, and working class movements. A remarkable look at the intersection of politics, leisure, and the presentation of public history, "In the Provinceof History" is a revealing account of how a region has both used and disto rted its own past. " - from the rear cover. Contents: Prologue: The People of 'Canada's Ocean Playground' 1. How a Land without Antiquities Became theProvince of History; 2. This Is the Province Primeval: Evangeline and the Beginnings of Tourism/History; 3. "All the world was safe and happy": The Innocence of Will R. Bird; 4. Down the Twisting Path of Destiny: The Impossible Liberalism of Thomas Raddall; 5. Marketing Race: Angus L. Macdonald, Tartanism, and the Cultural Politics of Whiteness; 6. Of Runic Stones and Lockean Dreams: The Triumvirate and Its Treasures, 1935-1964. Conclusion: Is the Romance Ended? With end-notes and index. Very good. 30.00


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