Thomas Chapais, historien

Thomas Chapais, historien

By Damien-Claude Bélanger

234 Pages · 9x6 · June 13 2018

Paper ISBN: 9782760326569

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ePub ISBN: 9782760326583

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Thomas Chapais is one of the great French-Canadian political and intellectual figures of the beginning of the 20th century. Appointed to the Legislative Council of Quebec in 1892, then to the Senate of Canada in 1919, he played a leading role in the debates on educational reform in Quebec as well as in the Manitoba and Ontario school crises. 

Notwithstanding, he is mainly remembered today as a historian and not as a politician. Biographer of Jean Talon and of the Marquis de Montcalm, and author of a remarkable overview of the history of Canada, Thomas Chapais weaved a coherent historical narrative, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and to important historiographical debates. Chapais occupies a leading place within the history of intellectual culture in French-Canada. Chapais the historian was indeed the last great representative of French-Canadian loyalism, a doctrine notably based on a particular interpretation of the 1760 Conquest. 

In this seminal work on Chapais, D.C. Bélanger probes the historian’s writings to better understand its emergence, its socio-cultural context, the main tenets of this thought, its influence and its critical legacy.

La formation d’un historien
L’historien autodidacte
Le bourgeois traditionaliste
Les usages du passé

Le récit chapaisien
Les Premières Nations
Le Régime français
Le Régime britannique
Le régime de l’Union et la Confédération
Les grands thèmes du récit

L’influence et la réception critique de l’oeuvre chapaisienne
De chroniqueur à historien, 1890-1920
Le repoussoir des nationalistes, 1920-1946
Vers l’oubli, 1946 à aujourd’hui