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By E. A. Heaman

ISBN-10: 1442628685

ISBN-13: 9781442628687

A concise, based survey of a fancy point of Canadian heritage, a quick heritage of the kingdom in Canada examines the speculation and truth of governance inside Canada’s targeted political background: a mix of Indigenous, French, and British traditions, American statism and anti-statism, and numerous, functional experiments and experiences.

E.A. Heaman takes the reader in the course of the improvement of the nation in either precept and perform, studying Indigenous different types of govt sooner than ecu touch; the interaction of French and British colonial associations prior to and after the Conquest of latest France; the construction of the nineteenth-century liberal nation; and, ultimately, the increase and reconstitution of the trendy social welfare nation. relocating past the background of associations to incorporate the improvement of political cultures and social politics, a brief historical past of the country in Canada is a worthwhile advent to the subject for political scientists, historians, and somebody drawn to Canada’s previous and current.

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At the turn of the eighteenth century, French government in Canada looked more enlightened and responsive than British rule in Hudson Bay and Newfoundland, where independent state authority remained close to nil. The intendant existed to check military and corporate rule, both of which held sway in those territories (unlike in the B ­ ritish colonies to the south, where a more lively civil society resulted from higher levels of immigration). Indeed, Louis XIV patronized apologists for royal prerogative who described his projects of state-centred modernization as more progressive than the looser, commercially driven modernization of the Dutch or the British.

Tolerating violence and suspending the “law of nations” in North America were ways of declaring geopolitical boundaries to be part of what was under negotiation. But tolerance for violence diminished over the early modern period as settled, urban populations increased and sought greater security, private expectations here dovetailing with new state ambitions. The French state began the seventeenth century neither centralized nor integrated; by the end of the century, it was both. Louis XIV built upon a process already initiated under Louis XIII, expanding the use of the Intendant de justice, police et finances, appointed directly by the Crown to represent it in the provinces and colonies.

The English state came close, in the 1670s, to forcing all settlers to leave the island so as to avert the kind of public resistance to corporate rule seen in New France. When privateers attacked English settlements, fishing admirals were the leading line of defence, as in 1673 when Christopher Martin, a fisherman planter (farmer), fended off a Dutch privateering expedition. As well, the French occupied and fortified Placentia from the early 1660s and used it as a base to attack the British settlements.

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