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Canada under British Rule 1760-1900   By: (1837-1902)

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In "Canada under British Rule 1760-1900," John George Bourinot offers an insightful analysis of Canada's history during the period of British colonization. Through meticulous research and a nuanced approach, Bourinot provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the political, economic, and social developments that shaped Canada's trajectory towards becoming a nation.

One of the most commendable aspects of Bourinot's work is his ability to present a balanced account of Canadian history. He skillfully highlights both the positive and negative consequences of British rule, avoiding any undue bias or romanticization. By doing so, he allows readers to form their own judgments and appreciate the complexity of Canada's past.

Bourinot's expertise in political science shines throughout the book, particularly as he explores the formation of Canada's parliamentary system. He delves into the intricacies of Canadian governance, articulating the influence of British institutions and the evolution of Canadian political thought. This scholarly approach provides readers with a deeper appreciation for Canada's unique political system and its roots in British governance.

Furthermore, Bourinot's analysis extends beyond politics and delves into the economic and social aspects of British rule. He examines the impact of British policies on trade, industrialization, and the development of transportation systems within Canada. By exploring economic transformations in parallel with political developments, Bourinot offers a comprehensive understanding of the interconnected forces that shaped Canada's growth.

The author's prose is clear and accessible, making the book suitable for both academics and general readers. Bourinot avoids jargon whenever possible or carefully explains technical terms, which ensures that readers can follow along and engage with the work's core ideas. His writing style is engaging, and his meticulous research is evident in the depth of detail provided.

Despite the book's many strengths, a potential drawback is its narrow focus on the political and economic aspects of Canada under British rule. While Bourinot does provide some insights into social developments, these sections could have been expanded to offer a more well-rounded picture. Additionally, at times, the book assumes a basic knowledge of Canadian history, which may pose a challenge for those unfamiliar with the subject matter.

In essence, "Canada under British Rule 1760-1900" by John George Bourinot is a significant contribution to Canadian historiography. It reveals a treasure trove of information, shedding light on the complexities of Canada's past. Bourinot's objective approach and comprehensive analysis demonstrate his deep understanding of the subject matter and make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in Canada's journey towards nationhood.

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Author of 'Parliamentary Procedure and Practice', 'Constitutional History of Canada,' 'The Story of Canada,' etc





Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Late Professor of History in the University of Edinburgh.


The aim of this series is to sketch the history of Modern Europe, with that of its chief colonies and conquests, from about the end of the fifteenth century down to the present time. In one or two cases the story commences at an earlier date: in the case of the colonies it generally begins later. The histories of the different countries are described, as a rule, separately, for it is believed that, except in epochs like that of the French Revolution and Napoleon I, the connection of events will thus be better understood and the continuity of historical development more clearly displayed.

The series is intended for the use of all persons anxious to understand the nature of existing political conditions. "The roots of the present lie deep in the past"; and the real significance of contemporary events cannot be grasped unless the historical causes which have led to them are known... Continue reading book >>

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