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Canada's Governors General, 1847-1878 : Biography and Constitutional Evolution / Barbara J. Messamore.

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Author/Creator:
Messamore, Barbara J., author.
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Subjects:
Constitutional history -- Canada.
Governors general -- Canada -- Biography.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Oft-ignored in the study of Canadian history or dismissed as a vestige of colonial status, the governor general?s office provides essential historical insight into Canada?s constitutional evolution. In the nineteenth century, as today, individual governors general exercised considerable scope in interpreting their approach to the office. The era 1847?1878 witnessed profound changes in Canada?s relationship with Britain, and in this new book, Barbara J. Messamore explores the nature of these changes through an examination of the role of the governor general.Guided by outmoded instructions and constitutional conventions that were not yet firmly established, the governors general of the time ? Lord Elgin, Sir Edmund Head, Lord Monck, Lord Lisgar, and Lord Dufferin ? all wrestled with the implications of colonial self government. The imprecision of the viceregal role made the character of the appointee especially important and biographical details are thus essential to an understanding of how the new experiment of colonial self-government was put into practice. Messamore?s book marries constitutional history and biography, providing illumination on some of the key figures of nineteenth-century Canadian politics.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: Biography and Constitutional Evolution
2. 'Governor-Generalities '
3. Mary Lambton's Husband
4. The 'Great Experiment': Elgin, Grey, and Responsible Government
5. A Round Man in a Square Hole: Sir Edmund Head in the United Canadas
6. 'A Cat into Hell without Claws': Monck and His Ministries, 1861-1864
7 'An Indolent Individual'?: Lord Lisgar and Canadian Diplomacy
8. 'A Matter of Instinct': Lord Dufferin and the Pacific Scandal
9. Character, Context, and the Constitution: Dufferin, Edward Blake, and the Role of the Governor General
10. Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781442671720
OCLC:
1013948988
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442671720 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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