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Department
History
Course
HIS263Y1
Professor
Heidi Bohaker
Semester
Winter

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18:00 The 1911 election A Railway Journey Summer of 1910, Wilfred Laurier took a railway journey across the prairies (a whistle-stop tour: you go from whistle-stop to whistle-top) The trip tells of the changes that happened during the Laurier period He took a train: the railway had developed a lot to become the spine of a east-west economy There are now three intercontinental railways nearing completion The railway is more than an economic object, its an agent of transportation (an iron civilizer) Communities competed to attract railway development to their areas It is also symbolic of the age people thought of it as an object that transcends nature; makes time and space smaller It is a symbol of the best of civilization and technology By this time the age of the railway is just at the eve of ending As he travelled west, Laurier saw a region that had been transformed by economic change, farms, (wheat boom), machinery, markets for agriculture implements, and timber from B.C. It had also been transformed by environmental change (invasive species) Social and cultural change
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