Canada and the British Empire

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Oxford University Press, 2008 - History - 294 pages
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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 early seventeenth 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, the history 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 or in the history of the British Empire.
 

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Contents

Canada and the British Empire
1
The Emergence of British North America to 1783
22
3 The Consolidation of British North America 17831860
43
4 The Creation of the Dominion of Canada 18601901
66
5 Canada and the Third British Empire 19011939
87
6 Canada and the End of Empire 19391982
107
Newfoundland 18691949
127
8 British Migration and British America 17831867
140
British Migration to Canada 18671967
160
10 French Canadians Ambivalence to the British Empire
181
11 Aboriginal People of Canada and the British Empire
200
12 Women Gender and Empire
220
Britain and Canadian Development 17831971
240
14 British Justice English Law and Canadian Legal Culture
259
Index
279
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Professor Phillip Buckner is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

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