‘A Growing Necessity for Canada’: W.L. Morton’s Centenary Series and the Forms of National History, 1955–80

  title={‘A Growing Necessity for Canada’: W.L. Morton’s Centenary Series and the Forms of National History, 1955–80},
  author={Lyle Dick},
  journal={The Canadian Historical Review},
  pages={223 - 252}
  • L. Dick
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • History
  • The Canadian Historical Review
The Canadian Centenary Series was the largest collaborative effort in the twentieth century to write the history of Canada. The article focuses on the early evolution, form, and content of this collection, with particular emphasis on executive editor W.L. Morton’s own volume The Critical Years: The Union of British North America, 1857–1873, published in 1964. Envisioning the series as a national epic that would culminate in Canada’s centennial year of 1967, Morton sought to emphasize the… 
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