Canada and the End of Empire (Hardback)Phillip A. Buckner (editor)
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Sir John Seeley once wrote that the British Empire was acquired in "a fit of absence of mind." Whatever the truth of this comment, it is certainly arguable that the Empire was dismantled in such a fit. This collection deals with a neglected subject in post-Confederation Canadian history - the implications to Canada and Canadians of British decolonization and the end of empire.
Canada and the End of Empire looks at Canadian diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom and the United States, the Suez crisis, the changing economic relationship with Great Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, the role of educational and cultural institutions in maintaining the British connection, the royal tour of 1959, the decision to adopt a new flag in 1964, the efforts to find a formula for repatriating the constitution, the Canadianization of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the attitude of First Nations to the changed nature of the Anglo-Canadian relationship. Historians in Commonwealth countries tend to view the end of British rule from a nationalist perspective. Canada and the End of Empire challenges this view and demonstrates the centrality of imperial history in Canadian historiography.
An important addition to the growing canon of empire studies and imperial history, this book will be of interest to historians of the Commonwealth, and to scholars and students interested in the relationship between colonialism and nationalism.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Overall the book is useful in giving substance to a process that many historians have recognized but few have analyzed in any depth ... the volume as a whole adds significantly to this important change in Canada's sense of itself and its role internationally. -- Doug Owram, Department of History, University of Alberta * American Review of Canadian Studies, Winter 2005 *
This stimulating volume is not the last word but may, as Buckner hopes, inspire more scholars to look at Canada and its identity through the lens of the fading British empire. This volume sets a high standard for future authors to match. -- Patricia E. Roy, University of Victoria * University of Toronto Quarterly, v75, no1, Winter 2006 *
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