History 2201E Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Civilizing Mission, English Canada, Descendents

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Aspects of Imperialism and Nationalism in Canadian History
(late 19thC. and early 20thC.)
- How Canadians felt about being a part of the British empire
- Questions about what Canada would look like
- A nation-state the authentic way a country should look like
o At the time, had two distinct people: French and English Canada
- 1870s-80s passive imperialism
- growing nationalism
- causes
o late 19thC. see Christianity being spread in the British empire
civilizing mission
british culture seen as the apex of the British empire duty of everyone to
export this culture around the world
ex. Residential School and
- the White Man’s burden
o people not white Europeans are inferior
need to be exposed to civilization
infantalizing
o an anthem of late 19thC imperialism
- twin pillars of Christianity and Imperialism
o imperialism the secular arm of chrisitanity
o want to evangelize the world
- economic trends
o 1880 Britain was overturned by Germany and U.S. for productions of
commodities
o navy also stretch thin
o worry that other powers will take over Britain
- canada was a semi-autonomnous dominion within the empire
- real sense of racial pride Britain leading the world in democratic principles
- worldwide Anglo-Sax empire
o at the top of the hiearachy
English-Canadian Imperialism and Nationalism and the Boer War
- Canadian attituted toward the empire
- Oversees missionary activity by Protestant Churches
- Imperialism and Chrisitian expansionism
- Pride in the achievement of the Anglo-Saxon ‘race’
- Canadian desire to play a key role in empire
Canada and the Boer War (1899-1902)
- Background to the conflict
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Aspects of imperialism and nationalism in canadian history (late 19thc. and early 20thc. ) How canadians felt about being a part of the british empire. Questions about what canada would look like. A nation-state the authentic way a country should look like: at the time, had two distinct people: french and english canada. Growing nationalism causes late 19thc. see christianity being spread in the british empire: civilizing mission, british culture seen as the apex of the british empire duty of everyone to export this culture around the world, ex. Worldwide anglo-sax empire: at the top of the hiearachy. English-canadian imperialism and nationalism and the boer war. Pride in the achievement of the anglo-saxon race". Canadian desire to play a key role in empire. Background to the conflict: descendents of dutch settlers, protestant. War an opportunity to demonstrate canada"s importance to the empire. Split in the cabinet of wilfred laurier"s liberal gov"t. Pressure from the british colonial office and canadian imperialists.

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