A Knight in Politics: A Biography of Sir Frederick Borden

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jul 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 430 pages
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Derided as a buffoon and an ignorant civilian by military critics, Borden became the public’s lightning rod and Prime Minster Wilfrid Laurier’s point man for negotiating Canada’s sensitive military agenda during an era of high imperialism. Carman Miller presents a balanced assessment that seamlessly blends history and social and cultural analysis to highlight Borden’s relationships within the contemporary web of nepotism, patronage, business, and family. A detailed account of the leading role Borden played in the development of modern Canada, A Knight in Politics showcases the transition to corporate capitalism and changes in public morality and social and political relationships during the “Age of Camelot.”
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Family
11
2 Business
28
3 Back Bench
42
4 Front Bench
57
5 Minister
73
6 Command
87
7 Challenge
96
15 A MadeinCanada Militia
209
16 A Canadian Army
224
17 Wise Autonomy
241
18 Cooperative Imperial Defence
253
19 Gentleman Capitalist
273
20 Maritime Entrepreneur
294
21 Political Business
307
22 Political Purity
321

8 War
113
9 Annus Miserabilis
129
10 Reform
145
11 The Reproach of Inferiority
161
12 Dundonalds Defiance
176
13 A Civilian Militia
186
14 The Politics of Persuasion
197
23 Defeat
338
24 Death
350
Corporate Ventures
367
Notes
369
Index
413
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Carman Miller is a professor of history at McGill University and author of several books, including Painting the Map Red: Canada and the South African War, 1899?1902.

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