Political Thought of Lord Durham

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jan 1, 1988 - History - 160 pages
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While the standard interpretation has portrayed Durham as prejudiced and ignorant about French Canada, Ajzenstat shows that, on the contrary, the assimilation proposal follows from Durham's consideration of ways of opening the widest political and economic opportunities for French Canadians. She argues that far from being "racist," as so many historians have suggested, Durham's proposals reflect the tolerance at the heart of liberalism which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, origin, or creed.
 

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Contents

1 Durhams Liberalism
3
2 The Report and Its Commentators
13
3 Durham and Tocqueville on Society
22
4 Durham and Tocqueville on Religion
35
5 Responsible Government and Empire
42
6 Responsible Government in the Colonies
52
Durhams Analysis
73
Challenges
91
Notes
101
Index
133
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Janet Ajzenstat is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at McMaster University.

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