Violence, Order, and Unrest: A History of British North America, 1749–1876

Edited by Elizabeth Mancke, Jerry Bannister, Denis McKim, and Scott W. See

© 2019

This edited collection offers a broad reinterpretation of the origins of Canada. Drawing on cutting-edge research in a number of fields, Violence, Order, and Unrest explores the development of British North America from the mid-eighteenth century through the aftermath of Confederation. The chapters cover an ambitious range of topics, from Indigenous culture to municipal politics, public executions to runaway slave advertisements. Cumulatively, this book examines the diversity of Indigenous and colonial experiences across northern North America and provides fresh perspectives on the crucial roles of violence and unrest in attempts to establish British authority in Indigenous territories. In the aftermath of Canada 150, Violence, Order, and Unrest offers a timely contribution to current debates over the nature of Canadian culture and history, demonstrating that we cannot understand Canada today without considering its origins as a colonial project.

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This edited collection offers a broad reinterpretation of the origins of Canada. Drawing on cutting-edge research in a number of fields, it explores the vigorously contested development of British North America from the mid-eighteenth century through the aftermath of Confederation

Violence, Order, and Unrest: A History of British North America, 1749–1876

Edited by Elizabeth Mancke, Jerry Bannister, Denis McKim, and Scott W. See

© 2019

This edited collection offers a broad reinterpretation of the origins of Canada. Drawing on cutting-edge research in a number of fields, Violence, Order, and Unrest explores the development of British North America from the mid-eighteenth century through the aftermath of Confederation. The chapters cover an ambitious range of topics, from Indigenous culture to municipal politics, public executions to runaway slave advertisements. Cumulatively, this book examines the diversity of Indigenous and colonial experiences across northern North America and provides fresh perspectives on the crucial roles of violence and unrest in attempts to establish British authority in Indigenous territories. In the aftermath of Canada 150, Violence, Order, and Unrest offers a timely contribution to current debates over the nature of Canadian culture and history, demonstrating that we cannot understand Canada today without considering its origins as a colonial project.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 536 pages
  • Illustrations: 22
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "An outstanding volume, Violence, Order, and Unrest will be immensely useful to historians of early Canada, and the writing quality and variety of essay topics are such that the book is likely to attract many non-specialist readers."


    Jim Piecuch, Department of History and Philosophy, Kennesaw State University
  • Author Information

    Elizabeth Mancke is Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick.


    Jerry Bannister teaches History and Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University.


    Denis McKim teaches in the History Department at Douglas College.


    Scott W. See is Libra Professor Emeritus and former chair of the University of Maine’s History Department.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Notes on Contributors
    Maps

    Introduction
    Elizabeth Mancke, Jerry Bannister, Denis McKim, and Scott W. See

    Section I: Loyalty, Liberty, and Visions of Order

    1. Aspirations and Limitations: "Peace, Order, and Good Government" and the Language of Violence and Disorder in British North America
        Scott W. See

    2. Loyalty, Order, and Quebec’s Catholic Hierarchy, 1763–1867
        D.C. Bélanger

    3. Anxious Anglicans, Complicated Catholics, and Disruptive Dissenters: Christianity and the Search for Social Order in the Age of Revolution
        Denis McKim

    4. Liberty, Loyalty, and Sentiment in Canada’s Founding Debates, 1864–1873
        Jerry Bannister

    Section II: From Tory Imperialism to Liberal Settler Colonialism

    5. Revolution Expected: The Invasion of Quebec and American Independence
        Jeffers Lennox

    6. Empire, Settler Colonialism, and the Role of Violence in Indigenous Dispossession in British North America, 1749–1830
        John G. Reid

    7. Space, Race, and Violence: The Beginnings of Civilization in Canada
        E.A. Heaman

    8. Worthy and Industrious or a Burden? Managing Migration in Upper Canada, 1815–1845

    Section III: Resisting Dispossession

    9. Searching for Order in a Settlers’ World: Wendat and Mississauga Schooling, Politics and Networks at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century
        Thomas Peace

    10. Runaway Advertisements and Social Disorder in the Maritimes: A Preliminary Study
          Harvey Amani Whitfield

    11. The Mobile Village: Metis Women, Bison Brigades, and Social Order on the Nineteenth-Century Plains
          Émilie Pigeon and Carolyn Podruchny

    12. "We are men not Buffalos": Louis Riel and the Gendering of the Red River Public Sphere
          M. Max Hamon

    Section IV: Legitimating and Contesting the Public Sphere

    13. Discontents and Dissidents: Unrest amongst Loyalist Freemasons in the 1780s and 90s
          Bonnie Huskins

    14. Of Bludgeons and Ballots: Political Violence, Municipal Enfranchisement, and Local Governance in Mid-Nineteenth- Century Montreal
          Colin Grittner

    15. Boys, Young Men, and Disorder in a Mid-Victorian City
          Ian Radforth

    16. "To muse within these peaceful portals": Urban Space, Public Order, and the Makings of Montreal’s Viger Square, 1818–1870
          Dan Horner

    Section V: Tools of Social Order: The Law and the Press

    17. The Spectacle of State Violence: Executions in Quebec, 1759–1872
          Donald Fyson

    18. Making a Patriot Order: Violence, Respectability, and the Patriot Press in Exile, 1838–1847
          Stephen R.I. Smith

    19. The Ambivalence of Order: Jurisdiction in the Disputed Northeast
          Bradley Miller

    20. For the Better Administration of the Town’s Affairs: Civic Engagement, Local Governance, and Grassroots Activism in Canada West/Ontario, 1849–1870
          Darren Ferry

    21. The Role of Newspapers in Halifax during the Confederate and the Repeal Movements, 1865–69
          Mathias Rodorff

    Epilogue
    Elizabeth Mancke, Jerry Bannister, Denis McKim, and Scott W. See

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