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10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada

Revisiting ten notable days from recent history, Aaron W. Hughes invites readers to think about the tensions, events, and personalities that make Canada distinct. These indelible dates interweave to offer an account of the political, social, cultural, and demographic forces that have shaped the modern nation. The diverse episodes include the enactment of the War Measures Act, hockey's Summit Series, the patriation of the Constitution, the Multiculturalism Act, the École Polytechnique Massacre, victories for gay rights, Quebec's second referendum on secession, The Tragically Hip's farewell concert, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and ongoing Black equality struggles. Each day represents a window on contemporary Canada, jumpstarting reflection and conversation about who we are as a nation and how we got here. Ten Days That Shaped Modern Canada is the perfect guide for all those curious about the forces that shape our country and about how we understand our place in the world.

About the Author

Aaron W. Hughes is a Canadian scholar of Religion at the University of Rochester where he is the Dean's Professor of the Humanities, in addition to being the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Religious Studies.


"10 Days is quirky and compelling. It is excellent book club material. It is a good way to start a fight." Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter, September 3, 2022 [full review at]

"Hughes does not pick his days at random. These are hinge points in the making of a modern state. 10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada tells several striking stories. A very readable book, it offers some new and exciting interpretations of a number of old themes and topics. Not every reader will agree with the author's point of view or his choice of days. But this is part of the volume's charm. the days highlighted by Aaron W. Hughes illustrate that in order to understand who we are as a national community, it is essential to be aware of where we came from." Matthew J. Bellamy, Literary Review of Canada, January/February 2023


"Ten days that prove there's nothing boring about Canada's modern-day history. It's all here from hockey to rock, from murder to reconciliation, from patriation to referendum. Yes, we're a complicated country but Aaron Hughes cuts through the confusion with clarity." Peter Mansbridge

"10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada seizes on granular details in order to grasp grounded truths about the universal from the standpoint of the humble and particular. Aaron Hughes invites readers to think about the forces that made the Canada that we live in." Anne Trépanier, Associate Professor, Carleton University

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