Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies in the New Millennium

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies in the New Millennium

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Mark Kasoffand Patrick James (eds), Canadian Studies in the New Millennium, 2nd edn (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 440 pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-1-4426-4693-3. Paper. $39.95 ISBN 978-1-4426-1174-0.

Edited collections can be difficult for the reviewer. The quality of individual contributions can vary considerably, and put together the contributions can be disjointed and barely coherent as a whole. Despite having 13 chapters and 22 contributors (3 extra added for this second edition), Canadian Studies for the New Millennium does not fail on either of these points. Each individual contribution is of a high quality and the book works well as a coherent whole.

Aimed primarily at US students studying Canada in some form, the book has a clear audience and a clear set of learning objectives, as outlined by the editors in their introduction. It is intended that after reading the book, readers will be able to describe, analyse, assess, discuss, evaluate and communicate various aspects of Canada's history, geography, culture, politics, health care system and identity (including the 'unique' (p. 3) identity of Quebec). At over 400 pages there is depth as well as breadth.

In view of the US audience, there is much talk in the preface and introduction about comparative US-Canadian perspectives. However, I'm not convinced by the claim that the book is suitable as an 'Introduction to American Studies courses in Canada' (p. …

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