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History Post-confederation (1867-)

Questions of Order

Confederation and the Making of Modern Canada

by (author) Peter Price

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2021
Category
Post-Confederation (1867-), North America, General, History & Theory, Canadian
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487502799
    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
    List Price
    $74.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487522186
    Publish Date
    Dec 2020
    List Price
    $31.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487516048
    Publish Date
    Dec 2020
    List Price
    $31.95

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What happened on 1 July 1867? Over 150 years after Canadian Confederation, it seems like a question with an obvious answer. Questions of Order argues that Confederation was not just a political deal struck by politicians in 1867, but a process of reconfiguring political concepts and the basis of political association.

 

Breaking new ground, Questions of Order argues that Confederation was an imperial event that generated new questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of political order in the British Empire and the world. It traces how for many public writers in English Canada, Confederation became an important basis for reimagining political order in the empire and redefining basic political concepts. To some, it marked a clear step in the larger project of imperial federation or even the ultimate union of the English-speaking world. For others, however, it represented the certain fragmentation of the empire into sovereign "national" states.

 

Set in the context of a time of enormous social and cultural change, when so many long-held assumptions and firmly believed truths were faltering in the wave of new scientific and philosophical beliefs, the creation of Canada forced writers and public thinkers to grapple with the nature of political association and attempt to find new answers to critical questions of order.

About the author

Peter Price holds a doctorate in History from Queen’s University.

Peter Price's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, 2022 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize

Editorial Reviews

"Price delivers admirably. His book is a detailed exploration of how certain individuals (mostly highly educated and articulate) wrote about this new thing called the Dominion of Canada. He does a wonderful job digging into the magazines and books that were published in the decades after Confederation; Questions of Order essentially follows a nineteenth-century version of a scholarly Twitter debate, although, as was fitting for its age, the debate was long and drawn-out."

<em>Literary Review of Canada</em>

"Questions of Order is a nineteenth-century scrapbook of the land we left behind. Price is an enthusiastic chronicler. He guides readers through a time capsule of an era so different from ours Canada Day would be unrecognizable to the Fathers of Confederation."

Blacklock’s Reporter