The Power of the Pen: The Politics, Nationalism, and Influence of Sir John Willison

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-11
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Sir John Willison (1856-1927) was the most influential Canadian journalist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries while the country achieved economic growth, intellectual maturation, and world status. With his incisive pen and clear reasoning, Willison utilized Toronto's Globe and News, his Times of London contributions, his many books and speeches, and his unparalleled connections with key political leaders to establish himself as a major national figure.  Uniquely, Willison was at the heart of both the Liberal and Conservative Parties as a devoted supporter and good friend of Sir Wilfrid Laurier; a first employer, early booster, and continual admirer of William Lyon Mackenzie King; and a close ally of Sir Robert Borden. Willison was a major player in the epochal federal political shifts of 1896, 1911, and 1917 and articulated highly influential views on the nature and evolution of Canadian nationalism and public policy.

Author Biography

Richard Clippingdale was the director of Canadian studies at Carleton University. He remains at Carleton as adjunct professor in the same field. In addition to working as a senior federal civil servant, he was also policy adviser to the Right Honourable Joe Clark. Clippingdale's previous works include Laurier: His Life and World and Robert Stanfield's Canada. He lives in Ottawa.

Table of Contents

Foreword by the Right Honourable Joe Clarkp. 11
Prefacep. 15
Note on Abbreviationsp. 17
Acknowledgementsp. 19
A "Hardscrabble" Beginning, 1856-1881p. 21
Apprenticeship in Journalism and Liberalism, 1881-1890p. 32
Crises and Survival at the Globe, 1890-1893p. 61
Triumph, 1893-1896p. 82
New Horizons in the Mid- 1890sp. 105
A Nationalist and Imperialist, 1896-1902p. 125
Toward Independent Journalism, 1896-1902p. 150
A Study of Laurier - and Willisonp. 176
Independent Journalism and Independence, 1903-1905p. 195
Challenges of Independence, 1905-1908p. 221
Crusades for Nation and Empire, 1909-1911p. 241
Fortune and Frustration, 1911-1914p. 269
Battles Lost and Won, 1914-1917p. 294
Reconstruction and Reflection, 1918-1921p. 329
Free at Last, 1922-1927p. 356
Notesp. 377
Bibliographyp. 410
Indexp. 422
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