British Businessmen and Canadian Confederation: Constitution Making in an Era of Anglo-Globalization by Andrew SmithBritish Businessmen and Canadian Confederation: Constitution Making in an Era of Anglo-Globalization by Andrew Smith

British Businessmen and Canadian Confederation: Constitution Making in an Era of Anglo-Globalization

byAndrew Smith

Hardcover | July 16, 2008

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Andrew Smith discusses the role of British investors in Canadian Confederation, covering the period from the construction of the Grand Trunk Railroad in the 1850s to Canada's purchase of Rupert's Land in 1869-70. He describes how some investors lobbied the British government for the policies that made Confederation possible, working closely with the Fathers of Confederation, many of whom were participants in the same trans-Atlantic crony-capitalist system. British factory owners with classical liberal beliefs, however, disliked Confederation because they believed it would delay the political independence of the North American colonies, something they saw as beneficial.
British Businessmen and Canadian Confederation reminds Canadians that most contemporaries of Confederation saw it as a way to preserve the colonists' bonds with Britain rather than to expand their political autonomy. It should interest a wide audience - from students of Canadian political history to historians interested in Victorian globalization.
Andrew Smith is assistant professor of Canadian history, Laurentian University.
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Title:British Businessmen and Canadian Confederation: Constitution Making in an Era of Anglo-GlobalizationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:July 16, 2008Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773534059

ISBN - 13:9780773534056

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