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Eugene A. Forsey: An Intellectual Biography


Frank Milligan

$34.95 CAD / $39.95 USD (S)

330 pages, 1 illustration

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-118-2 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-334-6 (Institutional PDF)

February 2004

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About the Book

In this unusual biography of one of Canada’s most well-known public figures, author Frank Milligan traces the intellectual foundations on which Eugene Forsey’s world-view was constructed. Starting with his middle-class Ottawa upbringing, Forsey’s philosophical pilgrimage was the product of a deep allegiance to a Christian social gospel, exposure to the radical politics of the labour movement and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), and a profound reverence for British Tory constitutionalism. Milligan weaves these threads together with skill and dexterity. By studying Forsey’s beliefs – both religious and political – Milligan unearths the philosophical underpinnings of many of Canada’s early-twentieth-century political, economic, religious, and social reform movements.

Frank Milligan earned his PhD from the University of Alberta. He was also the founding director of the Reynolds Alberta Museum, director of the New Brunswick Museum, and, since 1998, has been the executive director of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Praise for Eugene A. Forsey: 

Milligan succeeds in portraying Forsey as ‘a transitional figure in the Canadian intellectual reform tradition.’ Eugene Forsey, as Milligan ably demonstrates, was too harsh by half in assessing his own life’s work and influence.

– Keith Fleming, The Canadian Historical Review 

Frank Milligan has provided a rich and enticing portrait of Eugene Forsey.

– Roger Hutchinson, University of Toronto Quarterly