In the aftermath of the Second World War, Canadian national identity underwent a transformation. Whereas Canadians once viewed themselves as British citizens, a new, independent sense of self emerged after the war. Assured of their unique place in the world, Canadians began to 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 discrete aspects of Canadian identity over more than a century, the complex and evolving relationship between Canada and the larger British world is revealed. From the 19th century's staunch belief in Canadians as Britons to the realities of modern multicultural Canada, this book eschews nostalgia in its endeavor 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.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction / Phillip Buckner and R. Douglas Francis1. "Information Wanted": Women Emigrants in a Transatlantic World / Elizabeth Jane Errington2. Self-Reflection in the Consolidation of Scottish Identity: A Case Study in Family Correspondence, 1809-1850 / Sarah Katherine Gibson3. Entering the Christian World: Indigenous Missionaries in Rupert's Land / Andy Den Otter4. Law and British Culture in the Creation of British North America / David R. Murray5. Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick Women Travellers and the British Connection / Gail G. Campbell6. "Our Glorious Anglo-Saxon Race Shall Ever Fill Earth's Highest Place": The Anglo-Saxon and the Construction of Identity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Canada / Paula Hastings7. Canada's Boys -- An Imperial or National Asset? Response to Baden-Powell's Boy Scout Movement in Prewar Canada / Patricia Dirks8. Part of the British Empire Too: French Canada and Colonization Propaganda / Serge Courville9. Competing Visions: Canada, Britain, and the Writing of the First World War / Wes Gustavson10. Claiming Cavell: Britishness and Memoralization / Catherine Pickles11. Scrutinizing the "Submerged Tenth": Salvation Army Immigrants and Their Reception in Canada / Myra Rutherdale12. Enigmas in Hebridean Emigration: Crofter Colonists in Western Canada / Marjory Harper13. Nation-Building in Saskatchewan: Teachers from the British Isles in Saskatchewan Rural Schools in the 1920s / Marilyn Barber14. Brushes, Budgets and Butter: Canadian Culture and Identity at the British Empire Exhibition, 1924-25 / Chris Tait15. Instructor to Empire: Canada and The Rhodes Scholarship, 1902-39 / David Torrance16. The Canadian Radio Broadcasting Corporation in the 1930s: How Canada’s First Public Broadcaster Negotiated "Britishness" / Mary Vipond17. Canadian Labour Politics and the British Model, 1920-50 / James Naylor18. Historical Perspective on Britain: The Ideas of Canadian Historians Frank H. Underhill and of Arthur R.M. Lower / Doug Francis19. The Monarchy, the Mounties, and Ye Olde English Fayre: Identity at All Saints Anglican Church, Edmonton (1875-1985) / Frances SwyripaContributorsIndex