Roads to Confederation: The Making of Canada, 1867, Volume 1

Edited by Jacqueline D. Krikorian, David R. Cameron, Marcel Martel, Andrew W. McDougall, and Robert C. Vipond

© 2017

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.

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  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
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Roads to Confederation: The Making of Canada, 1867 Volume 1 includes material on the competing visions of the nature of the 1867 project, on the ideas underpinning the British North America Act, 1867, and on some of the peoples and communities Confederation scholars have traditionally ignored.

Roads to Confederation: The Making of Canada, 1867, Volume 1

Edited by Jacqueline D. Krikorian, David R. Cameron, Marcel Martel, Andrew W. McDougall, and Robert C. Vipond

© 2017

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "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
  • Author Information

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


    David R. Cameron is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.


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


    Andrew W. McDougall is a lecturer of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.


    Robert Vipond is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    I Introduction: The Study of Confederation

    II Other Voices, Other Stories

    1. Concise History of Canada’s First Nations
      Olive Patricia Dickason and William Newbigging
    2. Displacement and Assimilation
      Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
    3. Gender and the Confederation Debates
      Kathryn McPherson
    4. French Canada and Confederation: The Acadians of New Brunswick
      Gaétan Migneault

    III The Ideas of Confederation

    1. Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People?
      Peter H. Russell
    2. Reference re. Secession of Quebec
      Supreme Court of Canada
    3. The Canadian Founding, John Locke and Parliament
      Janet Ajzenstat
    4. Social History of Ideas in Quebec, 1760-1896
      Yvan Lamonde
    5. Federalism as a Way of Life: Reflections on the Canadian Experiment
      Samuel V. LaSelva
    6. 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?

    1. Conservatism and National Unity
      D.G. Creighton
    2. The Genesis of Provincial Rights
      Norman McL. Rogers
    3. Confederation: A Pact or a Law?
      Richard Arès
    4. The Nature of Confederation
      Royal Commission of Inquiry on Constitutional Problems (Tremblay Report)
    5. Quebec and Confederation: Past and Present
      Ramsay Cook
    6. The Invention of a Myth, The Pact Between Two Founding Peoples
      Stéphane Paquin

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