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A Biography of Robert Baldwin

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Informationen zum Autor Michael S. Cross is adjunct professor at Dalhousie University. He has published on Canadian social, labour... Lire la suite
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Informationen zum Autor Michael S. Cross is adjunct professor at Dalhousie University. He has published on Canadian social, labour, and political history. Klappentext Robert Baldwin (1804-58) was the driving force behind responsible government in Canada, a man of great courage and unwavering determination in a landscape of turbulent and, at times, dangerous political turmoil. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in this account history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life. Covering events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of Canada's, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees, the book also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. In some respects this is a career work by historian Michael Cross, who has researched Baldwin's public and private life over at least two decades. Zusammenfassung Robert Baldwin (1804-58) was the driving force behind responsible government in Canada, a man of great courage and unwavering determination in a landscape of turbulent and, at times, dangerous political turmoil. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in this account history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life. Covering events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of Canada's, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees, the book also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. In some respects this is a career work by historian Michael Cross, who has researched Baldwin's public and private life over at least two decades.

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Michael S. Cross is adjunct professor at Dalhousie University. He has published on Canadian social, labour, and political history.

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Robert Baldwin (1804-58) was the driving force behind responsible government in Canada, a man of great courage and unwavering determination in a landscape of turbulent and, at times, dangerous political turmoil. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in this account history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life. Covering events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of Canada's, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees, the book also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. In some respects this is a career work by historian Michael Cross, who has researched Baldwin's public and private life over at least two decades.



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The quest for responsible government took place in turbulent times. The "very strange" personality driving this quest, Robert Baldwin, comprises the stuff of narrative so compelling it seems at times less history than novel. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in this account history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life. Decades of research by historian Michael Cross has unearthed new insight into this highly complex, troubled, and exceptional man. In Cross's exploration, Baldwin inhabits an intricate emotional world, entangled with reflections on past and future. Cross' narrative flows with elegant non-linearity, reflecting Baldwin's own fluid psychological chronology; the memory of his wife Eliza, who died comparative young, haunted Baldwin's often distressed mental landscape. In fact, the first chapter may contain one of the biggest surprises in any recent historical biography-taking place a month after Baldwin's death. Even so, the book is full of comedy and charm. Cross is a delightfully polished writer, with a remarkable knack for character. Lord Sydenham is a "coxcomb" and a "rake" in the original sense of the words; Lord Elgin is an "unprepossessing little man" but with "steely determination," "a countenance stern in its frame of iron-grey muttonchops"; Louis LaFontaine is "handsome and charming but irritatingly pretentious." Interactions with the deep thinking and duty-bound Baldwin are at times chaotic collisions of markedly different personalities. The book covers events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of the Canadas, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees; it also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. Here is not just a vision of an unsettled Canada that will take many readers aback, but also an encounter with a fascinating, "very strange" personality whose profound influence changed Canadian history forever.

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ; PREFACE ; TIMELINE ; 1. The Blessed Hour, January 1859 ; 2. Living in Memory ; 3. I Am Not So Certain of My Future as Others Seem To Be ; 4. A Better Irishman ; 5. This Struggle between Good Government and Evil Government ; 6. The Apple of Discord ; 7. Home-My Own Dear Home ; 8. A New Definition of Loyalty ; 9. An Enthusiast-Almost a Fanatic ; 10. Leave Those Confounded Politics Alone ; 11. Turning Everything into Responsible Government ; 12. There Must Be No Question of Races ; 13. An Enlarged View Must Be Taken ; 14. The Phrase or the Content ; 15. Anglo-Saxons to the Struggle ; 16. Un Jeu d'Enfants ; 17. Infidels, Socialists, and Others ; 18. A Reckless Disregard of First Principles ; 19. Hanging by a Most Precarious Thread ; A NOTE ON SOURCES ; NOTE ABBREVIATIONS ; NOTES ; INDEX

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Titre: A Biography of Robert Baldwin
Sous-titre: The Morning-Star of Memory
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Code EAN: 9780195449549
ISBN: 978-0-19-544954-9
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 448
Poids: 670g
Taille: H228mm x B360mm x T36mm
Année: 2012

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