The Road to Confederation: The Emergence of Canada, 1863-1867 (Reissue)

Paperback | April 3, 2012

byDonald Creighton, Donald Wright

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Donald Creighton was for many years one of Canada's foremost historians, a firm believer that history was closer to art than it was to science. Marked by beautiful, carefully crafted prose, The Road to Confederation reflects a style that perhaps no contemporary historian would dare: romantic,suspenseful, fearlessly narrative, and full of unapologetic opinions. If not politically correct and sanitized, it is a fascinating exploration of the personalities, the political logjams, even the debt problems that marked the period leading to Confederation.The book was also, as Donald Wright's excellent introduction argues, haunted by doubt. Not only had Canada failed to live up to Creighton's vision, Creighton himself was writing from the perspective of a rapidly changing country. Quebec was moving towards a liberal, secular, and nationalistidentity; English Canada was embracing bilingualism and diversity; debates about nuclear weapons were raging; and living next to the United States was becoming increasingly uneasy. The road was becoming ever less straightforward. In many respects, The Road to Confederation reveals as much about the1960s as it does the 1860s.Can echoes of Creighton's vision be seen even now, as Canada reinserts "Royal" into its military's name and remains entranced by William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the future of the Royal Family?

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Donald Creighton was for many years one of Canada's foremost historians, a firm believer that history was closer to art than it was to science. Marked by beautiful, carefully crafted prose, The Road to Confederation reflects a style that perhaps no contemporary historian would dare: romantic,suspenseful, fearlessly narrative, and full ...

Donald Creighton (1902-1979) was English Canada's leading historian. A member of the University of Toronto's Department of History, Creighton wrote a dozen books, including The Commercial Empire of the St Lawrence, the two-volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, and Canada's First Century. For his outstanding contributions to Canad...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.38 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195449215

ISBN - 13:9780195449211

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Wynford EditionList of Illustrations1. Maritime Initiative2. The Astonishing Agreement3. First Responses4. Mission to Charlottetown5. The Bases of Nationhood6. The Design Completed7. Uncertain Reception8. The Hard Check9. Appeal to Caesar10. Imminence of Failure11. The Calculated Risk12. The Last Chance13. Summer of Frustration14. AchievementA Note on SourcesReferencesIndex

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"a real page-turner...a fantastic read" --Canadian Book Review