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The Rise of the New West

The History of a Region in Confederation

By John F. Conway

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This one-volume history chronicles a 150-year history of dramatic changes in fortune and attitudes in western Canada.

From the Riel Rebellions and the Winnipeg General Strike to the founding of the CCF, Social Credit, and Reform parties, Canada's West has always been a hotbed of political, social, and economic change. In the early twentieth century those calls for change emanated from the left as farmers and workers fought for social and economic justice. In the past two decades, the protests and calls for change emanated from the right as the region gained a new role for itself in Canada.

This history chronicles the rise and fall of such figures as Grant Devine, Bill Vander Zalm, Glen Clark, Roy Romanow, Stockwell Day, and Lorne Calvert -- and the emergence of Stephen Harper and the federal Conservatives. It describes how the West, the political wellspring of progressive changes over the years, has been transformed into the bastion of the right, culminating in the virtual annihilation of the NDP in Saskatchewan, the cradle of social democracy in Canada.

This is the updated fourth edition of John Conway's classic book originally published under the title The West.



  1. Introduction: The West in Canada
  2. "The Last Best West":
    The West in Confederation, 1869–1913
  3. Agitation and Rebellion:
    Riel and the Farmers in the 1880s
  4. "The Man Behind the Plow":
    Agrarian Populism and the Farmer Governments
  5. Socialism and Syndicalism:
    The Rising of the Working Class, 1870–1919
  6. Devastation and Protest:
    The Depression in the West
  7. Concession and Compromise:
    The War and After, 1940–1960
  8. Of Resources and Constitutions:
    The Rising of the New West
  9. The Rise and Fall of the Neo-Liberal Parties, 1982–1993
  10. The Triumph of the Right, 1993–2013:
    The National Context
  11. The Triumph of the Right, 1993–2013:
    Provincial Consolidation
  12. Fractured Federation



". . . a timely and provocative book. . . The West is a well-structured, straightforwardly written view of our national history from a western perspective."

- Canadian Geographic

JOHN F. CONWAY, a well-known commentator on Western Canadian politics, teaches sociology at the University of Regina. He is the author of The Canadian Family in Crisis and Debts to Pay, and a frequent contributor to newspapers across Canada.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 400 pages
Publication Date: 30th May 2014
ISBN: 9781459406247
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 30th May 2014
ISBN: 9781459406261
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, HIS006020, POL056000
Imprint: Lorimer


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