Art of Nation Building: Pageantry and Spectacle at Quebec's Tercentenary (Hardback)
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Art of Nation Building: Pageantry and Spectacle at Quebec's Tercentenary (Hardback)

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Hardback 408 Pages / Published: 01/04/1999
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In 1908 Canada Celebrated Its 300th Anniversary -- The Tercentenary Of Champlain's founding of Quebec City. In two glorious weeks of parades, ceremonies, bals, and festivities, Canadians commemorated, their history in a spectacle that would not be surpassed until the Centennial of 1367. The climax of the 1908 celebration was an historical pageant in which 4000 sumptuously costumed citizens re-enacted classic events in Canada's history. Canada's leading artists were also there to cap_are thee memorable scenes for posterity. The past was being celebrated, but with the present and the future in mind.

In The Art of Nation Building, H. V. Nelles uses contemporary literary techniques to convey the scope, colour, and intensity of the Tercentenary from various perspectives. Drawing on intimate diaries and letters of leading social and political figures, he leads us behind the scenes disclosing the politics of memory, the theatrics of history, and the making of a modern monarchy. Nelles reveals what we actually do when we commemorate, how we use the past, and the multi-vocal character of mass-celebration.

This richly illustrated, thought provoking interpretation of public celebrations offers a novel perspective on Quebec and the upcoming celebration of the Millennium.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802042712
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 905 g

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