Canada and the British Empire

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Canada and the British Empire traces the evolution of Canada, placing it within the wider context of British imperial history. Beginning with a broad chronological narrative, the volume surveys the country's history from the foundation of the first British bases in Canada in the earlyseventeenth century, until the patriation of the Canadian constitution in 1982.Historians approach the subject thematically, analysing subjects such as British migration to Canada, the role played by gender in the construction of imperial identities, and the economic relationship between Canada and Britain. Other important chapters examine the history of Newfoundland, thehistory and legacy of imperial law, and the attitudes of French Canadians and Canada's aboriginal peoples to the imperial relationship.The overall focus of the book is on emphasising the part that Canada played in the British Empire, and on understanding the Canadian response towards imperialism. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, it is essential reading for anyone interested either in the history of Canada orin the history of the British Empire.

Author Biography

Phillip Buckner is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Brunswick, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Canada and the British Empire, Phillip Buckner
2. From Global Processes to Continental Strategies: The emergence of British North America to 1783, John G. Reid and Elizabeth Mancke
3. The Consolidation of British North America, 1783-60, J. M. Bumsted
4. The Creation of the Dominion of Canada, 1860-1901, Phillip Buckner
5. Canada and the 'Third British Empire', 1901-39, John Herd Thompson
6. Canada and the End of Empire, 1939-82, Phillip Buckner
7. Status without Stature: Newfoundland, 1869-1949, James K. Hiller
8. British Migration and British America, 1783-1867, Elizabeth Jane Errington
9. Rhetoric and Reality: British Migration to Canada, 1867-1967, Marjory Harper
10. French Canadians' Ambivalence toward the British Empire, Colin M. Coates
11. Aboriginal People of Canada and the British Empire, Sarah Carter
12. Women, Gender, and Empire, Adele Perry
13. Economy and Empire: Britain and Canadian Development, 1783-1971, Douglas McCalla
14. British Justice: English Law and Canadian Legal Culture, Philip Girard

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