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Canada: Confederation to Present: An Interactive History of Canada

Magazine article Teach

Canada: Confederation to Present: An Interactive History of Canada

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An Interactive History of Canada

By Dan Lang

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Canada: Confederation to Present is a unique way to explore the many facets of Canadian history - from the 1850's to the present day. This CD-ROM/Web publication can serve as a textbook and/or reader for high school and post-secondary students, as a research tool for library users, or as a comprehensive reference for any Canadian history buff who would enjoy owning and exploring some of the best current papers on Canadian history from professionals in the field.

The program is comprised of 24 overview narratives written by Canadian professors of history working under the guidance of a 12-member editorial team from major universities across the country. Supporting the areas explored by the 24 narratives are over 120 "case studies" that explore specific topics and stages in the development of Canada.

Embedded within the narratives and case studies, you will find over 1600 historical photographs, political cartoons of the time, and dozens of rare panoramic photographs that you can actually zoom into and move around within. As well, within the stories, you will find excerpts of original documents that pertain to specific elements within the narrative.

The program's content and navigation pathways are organized around five major narrative themes: Natives, Society/Culture, Women, Politics/Economy, and Regional Dynamics. Within any one of these themes, you are presented with three levels of sub-menus that allow you to access, for example, a period of time within the theme, and, within that period of time, specific events or developments. You can also jump right into the case studies and read, for example, a biography of Laurier, Causes of the Great Depression, the 1990 Oka Crisis, or the story of the Avro Arrow, to name a few.

All the narratives and articles have up-to-date bibliographies for further exploration of an area of research or reader interest. …

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