Globalizing Confederation: Canada and the World in 1867

Edited by Jacqueline D. Krikorian, Marcel Martel, and Adrian Shubert

© 2017

Globalizing Confederation brings together original research from 17 scholars to provide an international perspective on Canada’s Confederation in 1867. In seeking to ascertain how others understood, constructed or considered the changes taking place in British North America, Globalizing Confederation unpacks a range of viewpoints, including those from foreign governments, British colonies, and Indigenous peoples.

Exploring perspectives from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, Latin America, New Zealand, and the Vatican, among others, as well as considering the impact of Confederation on the rights of Indigenous peoples during this period, the contributors to this collection present how Canada’s Confederation captured the imaginations of people around the world in the 1860s.  Globalizing Confederation reveals how some viewed the 1867 changes to Canada as part of a reorganization of the British Empire, while others contextualized it in the literature on colonization more broadly, while still others framed the event as part of a re-alignment or power shift among the Spanish, French and British empires. While many people showed interest in the Confederation debates, others, such as South Africa and the West Indies, expressed little interest in the establishment of Canada until it had profound effects on their corners of the global political landscape.

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In seeking to ascertain how others understood, constructed or used Canada’s Confederation in 1867 as a model to be adapted or avoided, Globalizing Confederation explores the ideas and events that captured the imagination of people around the world.

Globalizing Confederation: Canada and the World in 1867

Edited by Jacqueline D. Krikorian, Marcel Martel, and Adrian Shubert

© 2017

Globalizing Confederation brings together original research from 17 scholars to provide an international perspective on Canada’s Confederation in 1867. In seeking to ascertain how others understood, constructed or considered the changes taking place in British North America, Globalizing Confederation unpacks a range of viewpoints, including those from foreign governments, British colonies, and Indigenous peoples.

Exploring perspectives from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, Latin America, New Zealand, and the Vatican, among others, as well as considering the impact of Confederation on the rights of Indigenous peoples during this period, the contributors to this collection present how Canada’s Confederation captured the imaginations of people around the world in the 1860s.  Globalizing Confederation reveals how some viewed the 1867 changes to Canada as part of a reorganization of the British Empire, while others contextualized it in the literature on colonization more broadly, while still others framed the event as part of a re-alignment or power shift among the Spanish, French and British empires. While many people showed interest in the Confederation debates, others, such as South Africa and the West Indies, expressed little interest in the establishment of Canada until it had profound effects on their corners of the global political landscape.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Confederation is an old topic, but Globalizing Confederation represents a new spin. Because Canadian history unfolded in global contexts, Canadian historical writing should too. To this end, the editors have brought together a mix of senior and junior scholars to rethink Confederation and the roads to Confederation from a variety of different perspectives. Who knew, for example, that Australia followed events taking place on the other side of the globe? Or that Cuba was interested in the affairs of British North America?"


    Don Wright, Department of Political Science, University of New Brunswick
  • Author Information

    Jacqueline D. Krikorian is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at York University.


    Marcel Martel is a professor and Avie Bennett Historica Canada Chair in Canadian History at York University.


    Adrian Shubert is a professor in the Department of History at York University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction Jacqueline D. Krikorian, Marcel Martel and Adrian Shubert

    Part 1: Perspectives from the Americas

    1. Carsten-Andreas Schulz, Confederation Unknown? Latin American Views on the Emergence of Canada in 1867

    2. Jacqueline D. Krikorian and David R. Cameron, The 1867 Union of the British North American Colonies: A View from the United States

    3. William Jenkins, “Such bastard despotism”: Fenian Views of Canadian Confederation

    4. Gabrielle Slowey, Confederation Comes at a Cost: Indigenous Peoples and the Ongoing Reality of Colonialism in Canada

    Part 2: Perspectives from Europe

    5. Roberto Perin, The View from The Quirinal: The Holy See and Confederation

    6. Alban Bargain-Villéger, Model and Anomaly: The Canadian Confederation Seen from France, 1864-1871

    7. Benno Gammerl, War was? Habsburg Perspectives on Canadian Federation

    8. Josep María Fradera, Canadian Lessons, Roads not Taken: Spanish Views on Confederation

    Part 3: Perspectives from Britain and the Empire

    9. Edward Beasley, British Views of Canada at the Time of Confederation

    10. Thomas Mohr, The Impact of Canadian Confederation in Ireland

    11. Ann Curthoys, Distant Relations: Australian Perspectives on Canadian Federation

    12. Kenton Storey, The Delinquent Colony: the New Zealand Press and Canadian Confederation

    13. Timothy Stapleton, “The Word is Steeped in Blood and Violence”: Canadian-Style Federation in Southern Africa

    14. Franklin W. Knight, The Federation Idea in the British West Indies and Canadian Confederation

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