Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Canada

Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Canada

American Philanthropy and the Arts and Letters in Canada

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McGill Queens Univ Pr
In the first half of the twentieth century, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation helped to create and maintain a cultural and intellectual infrastructure in Canada that benefited key institutions such as University of Toronto, McGill University, the National Gallery, the Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Social Science Research Council. Jeffrey Brison documents how American philanthropy facilitated the transformation from a private, localized system of cultural, intellectual, and academic patronage to a complex, nation-based system of incorporated patronage - a system in which the major patron was the federal state. His study calls into question our essentialistic notions of contrasting national identities and the now-mythologized juxtaposition of an American culture fueled by the free market with a Canadian one sustained by state support.

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Prior to the establishment of significant federal support from the Canadian government in the 1950s, Canadian arts and letters depended heavily on funding from US corporate philanthropy from such sources as the Carnegie Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Brison (history, Queen's U., Canada) studies this relationship within the context of larger debates about Canadian identity, US imperialism, and US- Canadian difference. He argues that the construction of a national political and artistic culture took place under the direction of English-Canadian artists, intellectuals, and politicians that inherited "Tory paternalism" from their British imperial past and perfected it under the tutelage of US corporate patronage. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Montrâeal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă2005
ISBN: 9780773572690
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 281 pages)
Alternative Title: Rockefeller, Carnegie, & Canada


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