What’s a good hook for this essay about the 20th century belonging to canada?

so my essay is on how the 20th century belonged to canada, and how canada developed into a great nation. im having trouble thinking of a hook-a topic sentence to grab a reader's attention.also, what would be a good title for this essay?

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  1. Gymnodontes says:

    This is a research paper done, about your essay topic. You can pick out some useful info from it:The Twentieth Century Belongs to Canada by Norman HillmerProfessor of HistoryOn 18 January 1904, Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier attended the first annual banquet of the Ottawa Canadian Club, giving a speech, the Citizen declared, “calculated to arouse to the highest pitch the patriotism of the members.”"The nineteenth century was the century of the United States,” Laurier asserted. “I think that we can claim that it is Canada that shall fill the twentieth century.” Laurier’s phrase-making passed almost without notice at the time. But it did not take long before his words had somehow been transformed into the most famous phrase in the Canadian experience. “The twentieth century belongs to Canada.”Laurier never said it, but he should have. It fit.It fit the man: Laurier’s eloquence, his optimism, his belief that Canada’s two founding peoples could find ways of accommodating their historic differences, his conviction that Canada was coming out from under Britain’s thumb and finding its own way in the world.It fit the moment too. Canada was booming, its economic growth all the more striking in contrast to the tough times of the late nineteenth century. Canada was a hard land, but in 1904 it seemed like the curve was going to be endlessly upward.But that was then, and there’ve been bad times and good since. Laurier’s phrase has survived, a Canadian talisman, a moveable feast, quoted by historians and speech-writers and received — well, received how?One eloquent reaction was John Robert Colombo’s, in his wonderful collection of Canadian quotations. Colombo observed that Laurier’s remark increased in popularity over the years and showed every sign of continuing to please well into the twenty-first century. “For the assertion is less a prophecy than it is a touchstone of national aspiration measured against national achievement. The fine phrase expresses both desire and despair.”What Colombo was saying is that it ain’t so. Aspiration and disappointment, yes. But not sufficient national achievement to warrant such overstatement. The twentieth century cannot have belonged to us. The idea is just too outlandish, isn’t it?This is and has been a common Canadian reaction. Especially when we always compare ourselves not with Sweden or Australia, but with the United States. Perversely, Canada’s most famous aphorism mirrors our insecurities, our sense that we are less than we ought to be and want to be.”The twentieth century belongs to Canada” has been memorable because it perfectly captured Canada’s fluctuating moods of self-doubt and self-congratulation. We specialize in both. The doubt comes naturally to a colonial people with two founding and inevitably competitive cultures; with a big and inhospitable land and a small population, sixty percent of it concentrated on a thin line running from Quebec City to Sault St. Marie; with strong regional loyalties and a precarious national consciousness — and all within the easy grasp of the United States.Self-congratulation in part flows from the pessimism which comes from living alongside the threat of greatness. Historian Syd Wise identifies “the urgent necessity for a small people, in the overwhelming presence of a supremely confident neighbor, to insist not merely upon their separateness and distinctiveness, but even upon their intrinsic political and moral superiority.”Thus Canadians say that what counts is humanity, compassion, compromise and civility rather than size, efficiency, power and materialism. We raise up as our national totems examples of doing good and caring for others, notably peacekeeping, medicare and the social safety net. Directing an eye towards the Americans, one Canadian purred: “Our material inferiority we will balance by our moral superiority…. you are big, but we are better; you are great but we are good.”The Canadian self-image, and the image we wish to convey to others, can be found in a 1950s pamphlet prepared for members of the Canadian Forces on their way to serve with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Germany. The soldiers were told that “The people of Western Europe like Canadians; they like us because we have a reputation for bigness without bragging, for manliness without roughness…. They expect Canadians to be strong, fairly silent gentlemen, to be kindly, modest and generous.”Interestingly, and characteristically, Canadians thought they were more popular than other foreign troops, but a 1957 German poll concluded that we were actually the least popular force among NATO nations located in Germany and the unpopularity was strongest where Canadians were actually located.More recently, we imagine ourselves equipped to peacekeep because, states General Lewis McKenzie, we are nice and everybody knows it. Prime Minister Chretien, sending soldiers to Ea