Canada and the British World: Culture, Migration, and Identity

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Phillip Buckner, R. Douglas Francis
UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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In the decades following the Second World War, a revolutionary change took place in the Canadian national identity. The English-Canadian majority entered this period identifying themselves as British and emerged from it with a new, independent sense of themselves as purely Canadian. Assured of their unique place in the world, Canadians can now reflect on the legacies and lessons of their British colonial past.

Canada and the British World surveys Canada's national history through a British lens. In a series of essays focusing on the social, cultural, and intellectual aspects of Canadian identity over more than a century, the complex and evolving relationship between Canada and the larger British World is revealed. Examining the transition from the strong belief of nineteenth-century Canadians in the British character of their country to the realities of modern multicultural Canada, this book eschews nostalgia in its endeavour to understand the dynamic and complicated society in which Canadians did and do live.

Candid and ambitious, Canada and the British World is recommended reading for historians and scholars of colonialism and nationalism, as well as anyone interested in what it really means to be Canadian.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Women Emigrants in a Transatlantic World
10
A Case Study in Family Correspondence 180550
29
Indigenous Missionaries in Ruperts Land
45
4 Law and British Culture in the Creation of British North America
64
5 New Brunswick Women Travellers and the British Connection 18451905
76
The AngloSaxon and the Construction of Identity in LateNineteenthCentury Canada
92
7 Canadas Boys An Imperial or National Asset? Response to BadenPowells Boy Scout Movement in PreWar Canada
111
Crofter Colonists in Western Canada
198
Teachers from the British Isles in Saskatchewan Rural Schools in the 1920s
215
Canadian Culture and Identity at the British Empire Exhibition 192425
234
Canada and the Rhodes Scholarship 190239
250
How Canadas First Public Broadcaster Negotiated Britishness
270
17 Canadian Labour Politics and the British Model 192050
288
The Ideas of Canadian Historians Frank H Underhill and Arthur RM Lower
309
Identity at All Saints Anglican Edmonton 18751990s
322

French Canada and Colonization Propaganda
129
Canada Britain and the Writing of the First World War
142
Britishness and Memoralization
157
Salvation Army Immigrants and Their Reception in Canada
174
Contributors
339
Index
343
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Phillip Buckner is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Brunswick and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London. R. Douglas Francis is a professor of history at the University of Calgary.

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