Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History

Edited by Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry, and Henry Yu

© 2015

In some ways, Canadian history has always been international, comparative, and wide-ranging. However, in recent years the importance of the ties between Canadian and transnational history have become increasingly clear. Within and Without the Nation brings scholars from a range of disciplines together to examine Canada’s past in new ways through the lens of transnational scholarship.

Moving beyond well-known comparisons with Britain and the United States, the fifteen essays in this collection connect Canada with Latin America, the Caribbean, and the wider Pacific world, as well as with other parts of the British Empire. Examining themes such as the dispossession of indigenous peoples, the influence of nationalism and national identity, and the impact of global migration, Within and Without the Nation is a text which will help readers rethink what constitutes Canadian history.

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Moving beyond well-known comparisons with Britain and the United States, the fifteen essays in this collection connect Canada with Latin America, the Caribbean, and the wider Pacific world, as well as with other parts of the British Empire.

Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History

Edited by Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry, and Henry Yu

© 2015

In some ways, Canadian history has always been international, comparative, and wide-ranging. However, in recent years the importance of the ties between Canadian and transnational history have become increasingly clear. Within and Without the Nation brings scholars from a range of disciplines together to examine Canada’s past in new ways through the lens of transnational scholarship.

Moving beyond well-known comparisons with Britain and the United States, the fifteen essays in this collection connect Canada with Latin America, the Caribbean, and the wider Pacific world, as well as with other parts of the British Empire. Examining themes such as the dispossession of indigenous peoples, the influence of nationalism and national identity, and the impact of global migration, Within and Without the Nation is a text which will help readers rethink what constitutes Canadian history.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Illustrations: 10
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘The collection provides Canadian historians with new and exciting foundations upon which to conceptualize their work.’


    Kevin Brushett
    Labour/Le Travail vol 78:2016

    Within and Without the Nation is a cutting-edge work that taps into a vibrant and growing field of transnational and global histories. We need more of this kind of transnational, comparative, and broad-perspective work in Canadian history.”


    Lisa Chilton, Department of History, University of Prince Edward Island

    “Unified by the theme of transnationalism as it applies to Canadian history, the essays in Within and Without the Nation offer provocative new readings of their subjects.”


    Robert Wright, Department of History, Trent University
  • Author Information

    Karen Dubinsky is Professor of History and Global Development Studies at Queen's University. She is the author and editor of several books, including Within and Without the Nation: Transnational Canadian History (2015).


    Adele Perry is a professor of History and senior fellow at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba.

    Henry Yu is a professor in the Department of History and the principal of St. John’s College at the University of British Columbia.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Canadian History, Transnational History (Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry, and Henry Yu)

    Part One: Indigenous Peoples and Dispossessions

    1. The Dog that Didn’t Bark: The Durham Report, Indigenous Dispossession, and Self-Government for Britain’s Settler Colonies (Ann Curthoys)

    2. The Bannisters and Their Colonial World: Family Networks and Colonialism in the Early Nineteenth Century (Elizabeth Elbourne)

    3. Comparing to Connect: Indigenous Voices in Canada and South Africa (Tolly Bradford)

    4. State-Sponsored Photography and Assimilation Policy in Canada and New Zealand (Angela Wanhalla)

    5. Canada and Australia: On Anglo-Saxon “Oceana,” Transcolonial History, and an Interconnected Pacific World (Penelope Edmonds)

    Part Two: Migrations

    6. “In England a Man Can Do as He Likes with His Property”: Migration, Family Fortunes, and the Law in Nineteenth-Century Quebec and the Cape Colony (Bettina Bradbury)

    7. Slave-Owner, Missionary, and Colonization Agent: The Transnational Life of John Taylor, 1813–1884 (Ryan Eyford)

    8. Conceptualizing a Pacific Canada Within and Without Nations (Henry Yu)

    9. “How I Wish I Might Be Near”: Distance, Emotion, and the Epistolary Family in Late Nineteenth-Century Condolence Letters (Laura Ishiguro)

    10. “She Cannot Be Confined to Her Own Region”: Nursing and Nurses in the Caribbean, Canada, and the UK (Karen Flynn)

    Part Three: Nationalisms, Internationalisms, and Antinationalisms

    11. Law and Migration across the Pacific: Narrating the Komagata Maru Outside and Beyond the Nation (Renisa Mawani)

    12. Canadian Girls, Imperial Girls, Global Girls: Race, Nation, and Transnationalism in the Interwar Girl Guide Movement (Kristine Alexander)

    13. Health and Nation through a Transnational Lens: Radical Doctors and the History of Medicare in Saskatchewan (Esyllt W. Jones)

    14. Progressive Catholicism at Home and Abroad: The “Double Solidarité” of Quebec Missionaries in Honduras, 1955–1975 (Fred Burrill and Catherine LeGrand)

    15. Thinking Beyond What Nation? Empire and the Writing of Post-1945 Canadian History (Sean Mills)

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