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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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Canada and the Empire

Canada and the Empire

(p.146) 8 Canada and the Empire
The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

D. R. Owram

Oxford University Press

Before 1960, Canadian writing about the British Empire was characterized by two major tendencies. First, the course and significance of the Empire was seen through a Canadian prism. Secondly, in at least English Canada ‘Imperialism was one form of nationalism’. The place of the Empire in Canadian historiography is closely connected to defining national myths. Responsible government was peculiar to Canadian writings. The very emphasis on the triangle in the Empire pointed to a serious concern among other post-war writers. The growing power of the United States challenged both the older faith in the Empire and the more recent belief that Canada could survive as a distinct nation by looking to two powerful allies. The historiography of the Empire was increasingly a specialized sub-discipline in the study of Canadian history. The historiography of Empire in Canada is in reality only partly about the Empire. It is instead the story of Canada and her main link to the wider world.

Keywords:   Canada, British Empire, Imperialism, nationalism, Canadian historiography, government

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