Roads to Confederation: The Making of Canada, 1867, Volume 1
Published: November 2017© 2017
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 400 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 8.95
400 Pages, 6.00 x 8.95 x 0.90 in
In recognition of Canada’s sesquicentennial, this two-volume set brings together previously published scholarship on Confederation into one collection. The editors sought to reproduce not only the "classic" studies about the people, ideas, and events associated with the passage of the British North America Act, 1867, but also scholarly works that capture the complexities of the Confederation project. This ambitious anthology challenges the notion that there exists one dominant narrative underpinning 1867, and includes research that focuses on Indigenous peoples. Seven articles written in French are translated for the first time for publication in this collection.
In the first volume of this anthology, Roads to Confederation introduces readers to the competing approaches to the study of Confederation and provides material that considers the nature of the 1867 project from the perspective of peoples and communities who have been traditionally excluded from the literature. It also includes the definitive scholarship on the ideational underpinnings of the making of Canada as well as several leading articles that set out different ways to understand the nature and purpose of the 1867 agreement.
I Introduction: The Study of Confederation
II Other Voices, Other Stories
- Concise History of Canada’s First Nations
Olive Patricia Dickason and William Newbigging
- Displacement and Assimilation
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
- Gender and the Confederation Debates
- French Canada and Confederation: The Acadians of New Brunswick
III The Ideas of Confederation
- Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People?
Peter H. Russell
- Reference re. Secession of Quebec
Supreme Court of Canada
- The Canadian Founding, John Locke and Parliament
- Social History of Ideas in Quebec, 1760-1896
- Federalism as a Way of Life: Reflections on the Canadian Experiment
Samuel V. LaSelva
- 1787 and 1867: The Federal Principle and Canadian Confederation Reconsidered
Robert C. Vipond
IV One New Nation, Two Founding Nations or a Compact of Provinces?
- Conservatism and National Unity
- The Genesis of Provincial Rights
Norman McL. Rogers
- Confederation: A Pact or a Law?
- The Nature of Confederation
Royal Commission of Inquiry on Constitutional Problems (Tremblay Report)
- Quebec and Confederation: Past and Present
- The Invention of a Myth, The Pact Between Two Founding Peoples
"The wide range of perspectives will be valuable to students and scholars, particularly in examining the centrality of the Confederation moment and tensions informing Canadian nationalism, or even geopolitical interest that shaped Canada in North America."Charles Dumais, University of Toronto, Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol 52 no 1, March 2019
"For those of us who teach Confederation, and who often wish we could renovate our classes to better capture the multiplicity of scholarly takes, this distillation of so many important approaches to the topic will be a blessing; Donald Creighton’s road to Confederation must now be seen as just one route among many."Bradley Miller, University of British Columbia, Canadian Historical Review
"Starting with the voices and stories of those who were forgotten, Roads to Confederation brings 150 years of Confederation scholarship to the public. The editors are experienced scholars and writers in the field, and they do write well here!"Guy Laforest, Executive Director, École nationale d’administration publique
"This two-volume collection serves a real purpose in bringing together the work of scholars on Confederation. I have no doubt that this collection will find its way onto the shelves of all those who have an interest in Canada’s federal experience. Every school and public library should own a copy."Patrice Dutil, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University