A Short History of the State in Canada
Published: October 2015© 2015
296 Pages, 5.80 x 8.80 x 0.90 in
A concise, elegant survey of a complex aspect of Canadian history, A Short History of the State in Canada examines the theory and reality of governance within Canada’s distinctive political heritage: a combination of Indigenous, French, and British traditions, American statism and anti-statism, and diverse, practical experiments and experiences.
E.A. Heaman takes the reader through the development of the state in both principle and practice, examining Indigenous forms of government before European contact; the interplay of French and British colonial institutions before and after the Conquest of New France; the creation of the nineteenth-century liberal state; and, finally, the rise and reconstitution of the modern social welfare state. Moving beyond the history of institutions to include the development of political cultures and social politics, A Short History of the State in Canada is a valuable introduction to the topic for political scientists, historians, and anyone interested in Canada’s past and present.
Chapter 1: In the Absence of the State
Chapter 2: The Ancien-Régime State
Chapter 3: The Liberal State in the Nineteenth Century
Chapter 4: The People’s State in the Twentieth Century
‘Heaman has written a useful, lucid history of Canadian governance that gives full weight to the First Nations, the French and English regimes, and modernization.’J.L. Granatstein, Choice Magazine vol 53:08:2016
‘For Canadian historians, this is an important book…. It is conceptually brilliant, interpreting the material in ways that are always stimulating and often novel… It opens up its subject like never before and for that it is a most welcome volume.’Ian Radforth, Canadian Historical Review, vol 97:03:2016
“A Short History of the State in Canada extends and reinvents a field as much as it summarizes it."Jeffrey L. McNairn, Department of History, Queen's University
“E.A. Heaman’s book is a jewel: real authority, absolute elegance of style, and interesting sociological points about the state, civil society, liberalism, and much more. I admire the book profoundly.”John A. Hall, James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology, Department of Sociology, McGill University