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The History of Montréal

Montreal is one of those unique cities at the crossroads of history. Paul-André Linteau’s The History of Montréal provides essential background for both Montrealers and all those who will converge on the city to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal in 1642. Montreal has always intrigued. For centuries, people have written, talked,… Read more »

The Question of Separatism

Baraka Books proudly offers readers a new edition of her third, least-known book to mark that anniversary. Undeniably a genius on urban issues, Jane Jacobs also grappled with the question of nations and political sovereignty. Out of print since the mid 80s, The Question of Separatism, Quebec and the struggle over sovereignty now includes a… Read more »

Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa

“… essential reading.” Edward S. Herman An accepted narrative holds that horrible Rwandan Hutu génocidaires planned and executed a satanic scheme to eliminate nearly a million Tutsis after a mysterious plane crash killed the former president of Rwanda on April 6, 1994. Yet former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali says, “the Rwandan genocide was 100 percent… Read more »

The Riot that Never Was

“The Riot that Never Was provides a striking portrayal of mid-nineteenth-century Montreal: the vigorous debates that raged in Patriote and Conservative newspapers, the hot fighting during elections that often degenerated into open conflict between the Canadiens, the Irish, and the English, and the recurrent epidemics like the cholera epidemic in 1832. (…) Jackson brilliantly establishes… Read more »

A People’s History of Quebec

This lively guide to Quebec history tells the fascinating story of the settlement of the St. Lawrence River Valley over nearly 500 years. But it also tells of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met. Combining vast research and great… Read more »

Trudeau’s Darkest Hour

Forty-three years ago in the middle of the night the government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau proclaimed the War Measures Act following two political kidnappings by the FLQ. It thereby suspended the Constitution and all civil liberties, deployed 12,500 troops in Quebec—7,500 in Montreal alone— arrested 465 people without charges and detained them incommunicado without bail… Read more »