Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons

Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons

British Remittance Men in the Canadian West

Book - 2001
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Between 1880 and 1914, thousands of British remittance men came to the Canadian West, urged overseas by a rapidly changing British society. In a land of cowboys and loggers, their attempts to recreate the aura of landed gentry were sometimes misunderstood - and often ridiculed. Many Canadians thought steeplechase tracks, easels, tennis and "taking ease" were futile pursuits for a group of otherwise pleasant and well-educated men. What some saw as a chase after failed dreams, a lack of family ties, and a refusal to ever settle down to serious work, remittance men saw as the very things that made their lives worth living. With a hint of nostalgia for the pre-war era that harboured these colourful outcasts of a diminishing empire, Mark Zuehlke fondly recounts the often humourous and sometimes dismal efforts of "good breeding" in Canada's West. Mark Zuehlke lives and writes on Vancouver Island. His previous books include Ortona: Canada's Epic World War II Battle (1999), The Yukon Fact Book (1998), The Alberta Fact Book (1997), The BC Fact Book (1995), The Gallant Cause: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 (1996), and the Castle Street Mysteries novel Hands Like Clouds (2000).
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Group, c2001.
Edition: 2nd ed, rev. and expanded. --
ISBN: 9781550023695
Branch Call Number: 971/.2/00421/Zue/2001 6173mb 1
Characteristics: 229 p. : ill.


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May 21, 2018

An engaging account of the enclaves of British 'gentlemen' in southern Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia from about 1880 to 1914. The text is complimented with many black and white photographs, end notes, a bibliography, and an index.

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