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18:00 - 19:30 20 March 2017
Annual UCL Quebec Lecture: The Rise and Fall of French Canadian Loyalism
Lecture Room 103 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Damien-Claude Bélanger, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, D.C. Bélanger is an Associate Professor of Canadian history at the University of Ottawa and the co-founder of Mens : revue d’histoire intellectuelle et culturelle. A graduate of the Université de Montréal and McGill, his research interests include French Canadian intellectual history and Canadian-American relations. He is the author of two monographs, Prejudice and Pride: Canadian Intellectuals Confront the United States, 1891-1945 (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and Thomas Chapais, historien (Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa, forthcoming), and is currently working on a history of loyalism in French Canada.
From the 1760 conquest of New France to the early twentieth century, a loyalist seam can be found in French Canadian thought and writing. Leading clerics and laymen expressed a sincere devotion to the Crown, to British rule, and to British institutions. They believed that the British Conquest had been providential in nature; that it had been ordained by God and that it had proven to be a fortunate event. This lecture considers the nature of French Canadian loyalism, as well as the factors that brought about its emergence and its eventual decline.
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