A Long Way to Paradise

A New History of British Columbia Politics

Par (auteur) Robert A.J. McDonald
Catégories: Political Science
Séries: The C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History
Éditeur: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774864718, 428 pages, Octobre 2021

Table des matières


1 Confederation and the Birth of Popular Politics, 1871–83

2 Politics before Parties in a New Province, 1884–1902

3 Singing the Song of Progress in the McBride Years, 1903–15

4 Paradise Modern and the Party of Reform, 1916–28

5 Pattullo’s New Liberalism and the Revolt beyond the Rockies, 1928–41

6 Unsettling Capitalism during the Depression, 1933–39

7 The Politics of War and Keeping the Socialists at Bay, 1941–45

8 Right versus Left and Social Credit’s Triumph, 1945–52

9 Prosperity for All and Province Building in the Bennett Era, 1952–72

10 Trying to Dress Up the NDP in a Saville Row Suit, 1961–72

11 Bennett’s Defeat and BC’s First Social Democratic Government, 1965–72


Appendix; Notes; About the Author; Index

La description

The political landscape of British Columbia has been characterized by divisiveness since Confederation. But why and how did it become Canada’s most fractious province? A Long Way to Paradise traces the evolution of political ideas in the province from 1871 to 1972, exploring British Columbia’s journey to socio-political maturity. Robert McDonald explains its classic left-right divide as a product of “common sense” liberalism that also shaped how British Columbians met the demands and challenges of a modernizing world. This lively, richly detailed overview provides fresh insight into the fascinating story of provincial politics in Canada’s lotus land.


A new history of British Columbia richly blends political history with the not-so-new social history in the late Robert A.J. McDonald’s A Long Way to Paradise.

- Gene Homel

...a masterful book that will undoubtedly be the definitive political history of British Columbia for years to come.

- Forrest Pass

This book is one of the very best histories of Canadian provincial politics.

- J. L. Granatstein, emeritus, York University