In Search of Canadian Liberalism

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Author Biography

Frank H. Underhill (deceased), Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto,Kenneth Dewar, Professor, Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University

Frank H. Underhill (1889-1971) was a Canadian historian, political theorist, and activist. He was a professor at the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan, and Carleton University, and a founder of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the forerunner of the NDP. His illustrious but contentious career included a near dismissal from the University of Toronto for his anti-imperialist beliefs, a case that would become a landmark in the history of academic freedom in Canada. The Wynford edition is introduced by Kenneth Dewar, professor of history at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Wynford Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
Part I: The Liberal Past
1. Some Reflections on the Liberal Tradition in Canada
2. The Development of National Political Parties in Canada
3. Some Aspects of Upper Canadian Radical Opinion
4. Political Ideas of the Upper Canada Reformers 1867-1878
5. Goldwin Smith
Part II: Political Controversy in the 1930s and 1940s
1. On Professors and Politics
2. A Letter to the Winnipeg Free Press on Academic Freedom
3. W. L. Mackenzie King
3 a. The Close of an Era; Twenty-five Years of Mr. Mackenzie King
3 b. Twenty-five Years as Prime Minister
3 c. Liberalism a la King
3 d. The End of the King Era
3 e. Concerning Mr. King
4. J. W. Dafoe
4 a. A Reply by J. W. Dafoe
5. J. S. Woodsworth
6. The Party System in Canada
7. The Conception of a National Interest
8. Keep Canada out of War
9. The Canadian Party System in Transition
10. Random Remarks on Socialism and Freedom
Part III: The Calm of the 1950s
1. Notes on the Massey Report
2. Canada and the Canadian Question, 1954
3. Canadian Liberal Democracy in 1955
4. The Winnipeg Declaration of the C.C.F.
5. Political Stagnation in Canada, 1956
6. Canada and the North Atlantic Triangle
7. The University and Politics

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