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The Waning of the Green

Catholics, the Irish, and Identity in Toronto, 1887-1922

by Mark G. McGowan

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list price: $110.00
also available: Paperback
category: Social Science
published: 1998

McGowan traces the evolution of the Catholic community from an isolated religious and Irish ethnic subculture in the late nineteenth century into an integrated segment of English Canadian society by the early twentieth century. English-speaking Catholics moved into all neighbourhoods of the city and socialized with and married non-Catholics. They even embraced their own brand of imperialism: by 1914 thousands of them had enlisted to fight for God and the British Empire. McGowan's detailed and lively portrait will be of great interest to students and scholars of religious history, Irish studies, ethnic history, and Canadian history.

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"The Waning of the Green presents a rich and nuanced portrait of how Toronto's Irish Catholic population defined their collective identity and understood their place in the wider Canadian society. It ranks with Jay Dolan's pioneering work, The Immigrant Church, as the best historical study on a Roman Catholic community in North America. It is an impressive work that, I suspect, will be devoured by historians of ethnicity and Christianity not only in Canada but also in the United States, Australia, and Ireland." Brian P. Clarke, Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology

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Mark G. McGowan

Mark G. McGowan is professor of history at the University of Toronto, Principal Emeritus of St Michael’s College, and the author of Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier and The Waning of the Green: Catholics, the Irish, and Identity in Toronto, 1887–1922.
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