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Peasants in the Promised Land
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Peasants in the Promised Land

Canada and the Ukrainians

By Jaroslav Petryshyn

$14.95 Paperback
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For many years following Confederation, Canada remained an absurd country: with its vast West still free of agricultural settlers, John A. Macdonald's vision of a great nation bound together by a transcontinental railway and a nationalist economic policy remained an unfulfilled dream.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the present-day Ukraine was vastly overpopulated with "redundant" peasants. Their increasingly precarious existence triggered emigration: more than 170 000 of them sailed for Canada. Life in the promised land was hard. Many Canadians seemed to think that the only good immigrants were British; some went so far as to suggest that the Ukrainian newcomers were less than human. But on the harsh and remote prairies, the Ukrainians triumphed over the toil and isolation of homesteading, putting down roots and prospering.
Peasants in the Promised Land is the first book to focus on the formative period of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. Drawing on his exhaustive research, including Ukrainian-language archival sources, Jaroslav Petryshyn brings history to life with extracts from memoirs, letters and newspapers of the period. His text is illustrated with maps and historical photographs.

Part I: Setting the Stage1. The Dual Frontier
2. Canadian Immigration and the North-West
3. The Seeds of Emigration
4. Crossing the Rubicon
Part II: The New Land 1891-1905
5. The Settlement Frontier
6. The Advisors
7. Views from the Other Bridge
8. The Labouring Frontier
9. The Social and Institutional Frontier
Part III: Steadying the Foundation, 1905-1914
10. Canadian Immigration Policy after 1905
11. Labour and the Socialist Perspective
12. Politics and the Issue of Education
13. Consolidating the Religious Question
Selected Bibliography

"This book will be of interest to anyone of Ukrainian ancestry and to anyone who has wondered why Canada became a mosaic of cultures instead of a melting pot like our neighbour to the south. [Petryshyn makes history live by means of letters, memoirs and newspaper clippings. The maps and historical photos further enliven the text."

- Carla Kozak Edmonton Sun

"This book would be a most useful addition in all libraries and it would be an invaluable aid in history courses, or as a reference for multicultural topics."

- Iyvan Michalchyshyn Canadian Materials

"...a well-research and fascinating study of an often overlooked group."

- William S. Egelman International Migration Review

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 265 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1985
ISBN: 9780888629258
Format: 9in x 6in
Illustrated with maps and historical photographs

BISAC Code:  HIS006000, HIS010010
Imprint: Lorimer


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