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18:30 - 20:00 12 October 2015
Newfoundland, North America and the British Empire, 1900-1914
Seminar Room 105 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Professor James K Hiller, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Newfoundland is often overlooked in studies of international and imperial relations in the early 20th century, or treated as a marginal player. During the premiership of Sir Robert Bond (1900-1909), however, the colony raised some important issues of principle concerning the treaty rights of French and United States fishermen in Newfoundland waters, and the relationship between a colony with responsible government and the British authorities. These disputes, especially that with the United States, necessarily involved Canada as well.
This seminar presentation surveys these issues from a Newfoundland perspective and examines the tense relationship that developed between the Bond government and the Colonial Office in London. It was a clash between colonial nationalism on the one hand and imperial priorities and policies on the other.
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