Celtic Lightning

Celtic Lightning

How the Scots and the Irish Created A Canadian Nation

Book - 2015
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More than nine million Canadians claim Scottish or Irish heritage. Did the ancestors of more than one quarter of our population arrive without cultural baggage? No history, no values, no vision? Impossible. McGoogan writes that, to understand who we are and where we are going, Canadians must look to cultural genealogy. Scottish and Irish immigrants arrived in Canada with values they had learned from their forebears. And they did so early enough, and in sufficient numbers, to shape an emerging Canadian nation. McGoogan highlights five of the values they imported as foundational: independence, audacity, democracy, pluralism and perseverance. He shows that these values are thriving in contemporary Canada, and traces their evolution through the lives of thirty prominent individuals -- heroes, rebels, poets, inventors, pirate queens -- who played formative roles in the histories of Scotland and Ireland. Two charged traditions came together and gave rise to a Canadian nation. That is when Celtic lightning struck.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Patrick Crean Editions, HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, ©2015
ISBN: 9781443425506
Branch Call Number: 971.004916 MCG 2015
Characteristics: 382 pages : illustrations, maps on endpapers ; 24 cm

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More than nine million Canadians claim Scottish or Irish heritage. Did the ancestors of more than one quarter of our population arrive without cultural baggage? No history, no values, no vision? Impossible. McGoogan writes that, to understand who we are and where we are going, Canadians must look... Read More »


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