Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Canadian News is Unimportant: The Anomaly of Canada in the British Empire, 1860-1867
by Hewitt, Haley A., M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2018, 145; 10817072
Abstract (Summary)

“The Canadian News is Unimportant” analyzes the anomaly of Canada in the British Empire in the nineteenth century by seeking to understand the role that Canada played in the production of empire abroad and understanding of empire in the metropole. The study is situated between the periods of the American Civil and the Canadian confederation movement and explores metropolitan newspapers and parliamentary debates to develop the themes of imagined identities, paternalistic language, and rhetoric of empire. Such explorations illustrate just how difficult it would become for the British metropole to reconcile their constructed image of a dependent and child-like colony with the reality of increasing Canadian autonomy. This study expands imperial historiography by showing just how important the Canadian news was in the constructions of the British empire in the nineteenth century.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hermann, Robin
Commitee: Beamish, Ian, Franklin, Elise
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Canadian history, European history
Keywords: 19th century empire, Britain, British Empire, Canada, Canadian confederaton
Publication Number: 10817072
ISBN: 9781392041567
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