The Social Development of Canada: An Introductory Study with Select Documents

The Social Development of Canada: An Introductory Study with Select Documents

The Social Development of Canada: An Introductory Study with Select Documents

The Social Development of Canada: An Introductory Study with Select Documents

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The undertaking represented by this volume grew out of the conviction that in the social development of Canada there are a number of fruitful problems for sociological investigation. The purpose of the volume is to stake out the field, and suggest lines of approach. Though the arrangement of the documents within the various parts was dictated largely by convenience, a general theory of interpretation runs throughout. From a great mass of data, that was selected which seemed the most relevant to distinctively sociological problems. At the same time, an effort was made to use as many different kinds of evidence as possible in order that the documents may serve as a guide in more detailed investigations by indicating what kind of sources are likely to yield greatest returns. No attempt was made to exhaust any of the sources nor to deal conclusively with any particular problem.

I am deeply indebted to Professor H. A. Innis for encouragement, counsel, and criticism. It was upon his advice that I first undertook to do something in the general field of the social development of Canada and he has given much time to reading and criticizing manuscripts in various stages of preparation which I have submitted to him; all of the final draft has gone through his hands. Professors A. Brady, G. P. deT. Glazebrook, and C. W. M. Hart examined the manuscript with considerable care and offered much useful criticism. Professor R. M. Saunders read and criticized the section on New France. My wife was throughout helpful and supplied invaluable aid in the translation of the French documents. The staffs of the Public Archives of Canada, the Parliamentary Library, and the University of Toronto Library cordially made available the facilities at their disposal. Finally, I am grateful to Mrs. A. W. B. Hewitt and her staff in the Editorial Office of the University of Toronto Press for seeing the volume through the press.

S. D. CLARK

Toronto, January, 1942.

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