Under the influence of Harold INNIS, Creighton adopted as a first principle the idea of the St Lawrence as the basis of a transcontinental economic and political system: the LAURENTIAN THESIS. He was also committed to history as a literary art, and his 2-volume biography of John A. MACDONALD won the Governor General's Award (1952, 1955). As a nationalist with a centralist bias, Creighton in later years spoke out against the threats of continentalism and regionalism. His histories became increasingly didactic and he frequently turned to journalism, where unfortunately his views were open to caricature and exploitation.
Author M. BROOK TAYLOR
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A profile of the controversial Canadian historian Donald Creighton. From the University of Toronto.