The Imperial Challenge: Quebec and Britain in the Age of the American Revolution

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Lawson focuses attention not only on the changing nature of British imperial governance in the age of the American Revolution but also on the significant new developments taking place in Britain at the time. Quebec played a pivotal role in the shift away from the rigid principles of Protestant political exclusionism by challenging the fundamental tenets of English constitutional order. The attempt to bring English law, religion, and custom to Quebec forced the State to revise its whole approach to the existing ...

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Overview

Lawson focuses attention not only on the changing nature of British imperial governance in the age of the American Revolution but also on the significant new developments taking place in Britain at the time. Quebec played a pivotal role in the shift away from the rigid principles of Protestant political exclusionism by challenging the fundamental tenets of English constitutional order. The attempt to bring English law, religion, and custom to Quebec forced the State to revise its whole approach to the existing political and religious problems of the day. In forming his argument, Lawson has made use of material which has recently come to light.

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Lawson (history, U. of Alberta) examines the profound effect that the conquest of Quebec had on British policies and imperial thought in the years leading to the signing of the Quebec Act in 1774. He reinterprets the standard accounts of the conquest of Quebec in 1760, challenging prevailing ideas about political traditions and philosophical assumptions in mid-18th-century Britain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780773512054
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/1994
  • Pages: 208

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Conquest of Quebec and Peace-making 1759-63 3
2 Policy and Mythology 1763-64 25
3 A Troublesome Task: The First Year of Civil Government in Quebec 42
4 The True Spirit of a Lawful Sovereign: The Rockingham Ministry and Quebec 1765-66 60
5 The Lost Years 1766-70 85
6 The Quiet Revolution 1770-73 108
7 An Elastic Spirit in Our Constitution: Differing British Views on the Passage of the Quebec Act in 1774 126
8 Postscript 147
Notes 153
Bibliography 175
Index 189
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