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Raymond Blake

Professor, Department of History
PhD, York University

Office: AH 410.1
Phone: 306-585-5431

Research interests
Canadian Politics, Nationalism and Identity, Social Welfare, and Resource Policy

Raymond B. Blake holds a PhD in Canadian History from York University and undergraduate degrees from Memorial University. He is currently a Professor in the Department of History and was previously Director of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy and the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University.

His research interests and publication are quite varied, but his primary interests are in Canadian political history and public policy. His first book, Canadians At Last: Canada Integrates Newfoundland as a Province that was republished in 1994 examines how Canada integrated Newfoundland as a province in the decade immediately following the union of Canada and Newfoundland in 1949. His other publications have also focused on trying to understand why the federal government adopted particular policies on certain issues. This theme is also explored in From Fishermen to Fish. The Evolution of Canadian Fishery Policy (2000), and is also the focus of a just completed manuscript "Policy and Politics: A History of Family Allowances in Canada." His other publications include: Trajectories of Rural Life: New Perspectives on Rural Canada (2003), Canada and World Order: Facing the New Millennium (2000), The Welfare State in Canada: Past, Present and Future (1997), and A History of Social Welfare in Canada: Selected Readings (1995). Several more books will be published in 2006, including Beyond National Dreams? Essays on Canadian Nationalism, Citizenship, and Identity; Social Fabric or Patchwork Quilt? The Development of Social Welfare in Canada; and Transforming the Nation: Policy in the Era of Brian Mulroney. He is also completing a two-volume survey of the history of Canada.

Areas of specialization include Canadian politics, social welfare, nationalism, regional development, and Canadian identity.