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Yet paradoxically, historical fiction, which is believed to give voice to the individual and the margins, has become increasingly concerned with revisiting the very moments that preoccupy nationalist history such as early exploration, emigration and settlement, and war. As a result, a strange contradiction has developed from the apparent resurgence of interest in the Canadian past. On one hand, national history is believed to have been ignored and forgotten, lost in a sea of alternative histories derided in the image of what Granatstein so disparagingly called the history of the “housemaid’s knee,” as the histories of exploration, settlement, military action, and nation building languish in the shadow of histories devoted to particular people, places, or movements.

1968):48 “We had a de facto national curriculum from the 1920s to the 1960s, at least outside Quebec. Provincial curricula differed only in detail, presented much the same story of nation building, and were taught largely from the same textbooks. ”49 Hodgetts found that students knew little about Canadian history, and his study announced the beginning of a turn away from history as it had been taught toward the Canadian Studies curriculum that Granatstein blames for the decline in knowledge about Canadian history.

What Heritage? (1968):48 “We had a de facto national curriculum from the 1920s to the 1960s, at least outside Quebec. Provincial curricula differed only in detail, presented much the same story of nation building, and were taught largely from the same textbooks. ”49 Hodgetts found that students knew little about Canadian history, and his study announced the beginning of a turn away from history as it had been taught toward the Canadian Studies curriculum that Granatstein blames for the decline in knowledge about Canadian history.

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