Canada and the End of the Imperial Dream: Beverley Baxters Reports from London through War and…

Hardcover | January 31, 2013

byNeville Thompson

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Decades after political independence, Britain's cultural influence on the Canadian population remained strong. Beverly Baxter, a Canadian-born journalist and British politician, reinforced this imperial connection through his semi-monthly column in Maclean's magazine called, simply, LondonLetters. Six hundred of these widely read and deeply influential articles were published from 1936 to 1960, becoming the most important Canadian source of information on British politics, culture, and society of their time.More than the story of Baxter himself, this stylishly written account provides new insights into a transformative era in Canadian history. As the British Empire disintegrated and a nationalistic Canada emerged on the world stage, Baxter maintained an imperial vision. His vivid and opinionated columnreported on crucial international events - from the victory over Germany in 1945 to the Suez crisis - amidst a backdrop of rising global superpowers. Accompanied by rare archival images, Canada and the End of the Imperial Dream is a history of politics, war, imperial and international relations, culture, and the personalities that moved the world in the troubled middle years of the twentieth century.

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Decades after political independence, Britain's cultural influence on the Canadian population remained strong. Beverly Baxter, a Canadian-born journalist and British politician, reinforced this imperial connection through his semi-monthly column in Maclean's magazine called, simply, LondonLetters. Six hundred of these widely read and d...

Neville Thompson is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught modern British and European history. He was previously a faculty member at Huron University College and McMaster University. A specialist in the political, diplomatic, and imperial history of modern Britain, he is the author of Ear...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Overture: An Imperial Citizen Goes Home2. The British Imperial Standard3. Pax Umbrellica4. Who Lives if England Dies?5. Churchill's War at Westminster6. Hoping for a Priceless Victory7. Fighting the New Jerusalem8. No Glad Confident Morning9. Suez: The Last Hinge of Empire10. Envoi: There'll Always Be an EnglandNotesBibliographyIndex

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"The hundreds of columns Baxter published in Maclean's and in British papers over a twenty-four-year period provide Neville Thompson with an extraordinary - and entertaining - resource...what is surprising is the erudition Baxter expects of his readers, many of whom were in small towns andwhistlestop villages across Canada, who read of 'Drake's drum', Nelson walking the corridors of the Admiralty, Pitt's soul stirring in Parliament, not to mention Dickens and Pericles. Thus, without endorsing Baxter's imperial dream, Thompson provides an elegy for conception of the popular audiencelong gone." --Times Literary Supplement