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18:00 - 19:30 9 March 2015

Canadian constitution-making in the British world, 1864


Seminar Room 105 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Philip Buckner, Honorary Professorial Fellow, UCL Institute of the Americas

Professor Phillip Buckner will dicsuss how Canadian historians have tended to view the Quebec Conference of 1864 from a nationalist perspective, focusing on how the various provincial delegations were able to reach the agreement embodied in the Quebec Resolutions. But the delegates who gathered together at Quebec City did not intend to create an independent nation-state. What they were creating was a larger British colony and although they assumed that Canada would become increasing autonomous over time, they were committed to Canada's continuing participation in a wider British World. It was this commitment which determined the basic framework of the agreement hammered out at the Quebec Conference. Certainly the desire to remain part of the British World was more strongly held by the Anglophone delegates but the Francophone delegates at Quebec shared the commitment to a form of government similar in principle to that of the United Kingdom...


Oscar Martinez
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