This book, first published as Quand la nation d+¬bordait les fronti+¿res (Hurtubise HMH, 2004), is considered the most comprehensive analysis of Lionel Groulx's work and vision as an intellectual leader of a nationalist school that extended well beyond the borders of Qu+¬bec.
Recipient of the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award in non-fiction, the original French edition also won the Michel-Brunet Award (Institut d'histoire de l'Am+¬rique fran+ºaise), the Prix Champlain (Conseil de la vie fran+ºaise en Am+¬rique), and a medal awarded by the Qu+¬bec National Assembly. It was also shortlisted for the Jean-Charles-Falardeau Award (F+¬d+¬ration canadienne des sciences humaines du Canada) and the City of Ottawa Book Award.
For over five decades, historians and intellectuals have defined the nationalist discourse primarily in territorial terms. In this regard, Groulx has been portrayed—more often than not—as the architect of Qu+¬b+¬cois nationalism. Translated by Ferdinanda Van Gennip, A Nation Beyond Borderswill continue to spark debate on Groulx's description of the parameters of the French-Canadian nation. Highlighting the often neglected role of French-Canadian minorities in his thought, this book presents the Canon as an uncompromising advocate of solidarity between all French-Canadian communities.