Rethinking Canadian Economic Growth and Development since 1900
The Quebec Case
Argues against the 'Great Darkness' thesis that states Quebec was backwards before 1960 by demonstrating through cliometrics that Quebec actually closed the gap between itself and the rest of Canada (and the United States) between 1945 and 1960 after decades of relative stagnation
Provides a counterfactual portrait of the Quiet Revolution
Answers the questions: Would present-day Québec really be that different if the State had been less interventionist? Was the notion of the Great Darkness invented to expunge the Quiet Revolution and its concomitant policies of accountability for their negative consequences?
Examines policies that led to an awakening of French Canadian entrepreneurship as well as a population-wide shift in thinking about industrialization, economic development, and the business world
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)