The Northernblue Electronic Confederation

Want a Canadian politics text that’s loaded with primary documents? Alastair Sweeny’s History of Canada Online might be it. That’s from Northern Blue Publishing Electronic Textbooks. I took a look at the section entitled The Path to Union 1864-67. Worth investigating, I’d say. northernblue@gmail.com.

There’s a “resource” entitled Newfoundland Debates on Confederation. I want to get that open. I remember the trouble we had recovering the Newfoundland debates when we were assembling Canada’s Founding Debates (University of Toronto, 2003).

I’m still publishing in the old fashioned way. G.P. Browne’s Document on the Confederation of British North America is out! (McGill-Queen’s University Press.) It’s the old Carleton Library edition of 1969 – every precious word, page for page – but larger, properly leaded, readable, on ancient-forest free paper. Paul Romney says that my Introductory Essay is “trenchant.” I’m taking it as a compliment.

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  1. 1 Colin Pearce November 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    On the question of good readings for a course in Canadian Political Science my reading list would include items from the list below on the grounds that these are in large measure the works in the field of political history and philosophy by which the “The Makers of Canada” were educated or which had a high likelihood of being on the bookshelves of the educated in the formative period of Canadian history.

    Colin D. Pearce
    University of Guelph-Humber

    • John Austin, “The Province of Jurisprudence Determined” (London: John Murray,1906).
    • Henry Lord Brougham, “Political Philosophy” 3 vols. (London: Charles Knight,1844)
    • __________________, “History of England and France Under the House of Lancaster With an Introductory View of the Reformation” (London: John Murray,1855)
    • Edmund Burke, “An Appeal from the Old to the New Whigs” in Works (London: Thomas M’Lean,1823), vol.6
    * James Fennimore Cooper, “The American Democrat” (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics,1956)
    • Jean-Louis DeLolme, “The Constitution of England, Or, An Account of the English Government” (London: J. Hatchard,1834)
    • Benjamin Disraeli, “Whigs and Whiggism” (New York: Macmillan,1918).
    • Francois Guizot, “General History of Civilization in Europe From the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution”(New York: D. Appleton,1843)
    • Henry Hallam, “The Constitutional History of England From the Accession of Henry VII to the Death of George II” 3 vols. (London: Dent,1832)
    • David Hume, “Essays Moral, Political and Literary” (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1985)
    • __________, “The History of England From the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Abdication of James II” 6 vols., (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company,1860)
    • “Selections From the Edinburgh Review” ed. by Maurice Cross 4 vols. (Paris: Beaudry’s European Library,1833)
    • W.E.H. Lecky, “History of European Morals From Augustus to Charlemagne”(New York: D. Appleton,1875).
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay, “Review of James Mill’s Essays on Government: Utilitarian Logic and Politics,” Edinburgh Review 49(1829).
    • _______________________, “Bentham’s Defence of Mill: Utilitarian System of Philosophy,” Edinburgh Review 49(1829), 273-299.
    • _______________________,”Utilitarian Theory of Government, and the ‘Greatest Happiness Principle,” Edinburgh Review 50(1829),99-125.
    • _______________________,”The History of England From the Accession of James the Second” 4 vols. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green,1864).
    • John Stuart Mill, “Disserations and Discussions” (London: George Routledge,n.d.)
    • William Paley, “A View of the Evidences of Christianity in Three Parts” (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, n.d.)
    * Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke, “The Idea of a Patriot King” (New York: Bobbs-Merrill,1965)

    • 2 Colin Pearce November 18, 2009 at 8:34 pm

      Addendum:
      Just a personal anecdote to do with the reading list above:- About ten years ago I went downtown for the “Open Doors” day in Toronto. I took the occasion to go to the home of George Brown down on Beverley Street. One of the rooms in this beautiful house was full of bookshelves containing many volumes and “sets” behind glass shutters. I had to move promptly through with the visiting traffic but from my quick scan of the shelves I could see some of the items in the list above amongst the volumes peopling Brown’s extensive collection. – CP

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