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18:00 - 19:30 4 December 2017

‘Beware the Canadian Wolf’: The Maritimes and Confederation in 1867


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

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

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Professor Philip Buckner, Professor Emeritus, University of New Brunswick, Phillip Buckner is Professor Emeritus, University of New Brunswick, and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the UCL Institute of the Americas. He received his BA from the University of Toronto and his PhD from the University of London and then returned to Canada to teach Canadian history at the University of New Brunswick, where he rose to the rank of full professor. He helped to establish the University of New Brunswick as the centre for the study of Atlantic Canada, creating and editing Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region. Moving to London in 1999 he was for many years the Director of the Canadian Studies programme at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. He has written extensively on Atlantic Canada and the British

Professor Phillip Buckner (University of New Brunswick) - In March 1990 I wrote a broad overview for the Canadian Historical Review on the topic of ‘The Maritimes and Confederation: A Reassessment’. As we have now arrived at the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I want to reassess that reassessment. All historians are influenced by the climate of opinion of the times in which they live, and I was no exception. The 1980s were a period when historians of the Atlantic region sought to challenge what Ernie Forbes described as the stereotype of Maritime conservatism and in my 1990 article I sought to show how this stereotype had distorted the historical literature on the Maritimes and Confederation. These works established what became the dominant interpretation of the attitude of the Maritimes to Confederation that saw the Maritimes as a conservative backwater dragged kicking and screaming into union with the United Province of Canada.


Oscar Martinez
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