Essay on The Historical And Cultural Context Of Quebec

854 Words Sep 21st, 2016 4 Pages
While surveying the historical and cultural context of Quebec as well as the various language debates that have occurred over time, one may notice that certain themes continue to reemerge. Reoccurring themes such as French-Canadian identity, survival, nationalism, and sovereignty span a large period of history and can be applied in both a modern and historical context and are applicable to many peoples, both francophone and others, who have lived in Quebec and in other French speaking areas across Canada.
The concept of French-Canadian identity is one that has been constantly evolving, and for that reason it is worthy of much closer examination. This theme is crucial for understanding how the Québécois have viewed themselves throughout history and about how their identity has transformed over time. In the beginning, French Canadians “saw themselves as a dominated, poor, and ignorant people, condemned to a mediocre destiny” (Bouchard, 154). However, once Canadian French became more accepted and celebrated by other French communities around the world, a more positive self-image began to develop. Though their identity was initially tied to their group values and specifically to language, the Quiet Revolution prompted a change. By the 1960s, the idea of a unique French Canadian identity became tied more closely to geography than to language. Quebec had consumed other French Canadian identities, and the term Quebecois was used now as a general term for all French speakers in…

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