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Class and status drove the British empire, David Cannadine (2001) argues

Updates A Nov. 29, 2013 Independent article is entitled: “Revealed: How British Empire’s dirty secrets went up in smoke in the colonies: Thousands of confidential papers were destroyed as British rule neared its end in many colonies.” A June 29, … Continue reading

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The British empire was dismantled after the end of the Second World War

I was in elementary school in Montreal in 1955 when the ‘Richard Riot’ occurred in that city. The event, on March 17, 1955, was named after Maurice Richard, the star player for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Empire (2011) analyzes British imperialism from the perspective of its rulers

There was nothing liberal about the British empire, claims to the contrary notwithstanding. In Ghosts of empire (2011), Kwasi Kwarteng argues that “Britain’s empire was not liberal in the sense of being a plural, democratic society. The empire openly repudiated ideas … Continue reading

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‘Ready Made Farms..On Virgin Soil..For British Farmers’ – tweet from Paul Seesequasis

The image is from a late August 2017 tweet from Paul Seesequasis‏ @paulseesequa who writes: ‘Ready Made Farms..On Virgin Soil..For British Farmers’ I have posted the image because one of my current projects, related to local history, involves learning about … Continue reading

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Modern empire was not an aberrant supplement to the history of modernity but rather its constituent part (Partha Chatterjee, 2012)

“Modern empire was not an aberrant supplement to the history of modernity but rather its constituent part.” These words are from the preface of The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power (2012) by Partha Chatterjee. … Continue reading

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What conceptual framework drove the British to establish themselves in Long Branch?

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, relatively little is known about Colonel Samuel Smith of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) as a historical personality. There hasn’t been much of a mythology built around him. Consequently, our attention isn’t taken … Continue reading

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Linda Colley (2002) speaks of the life of the common British soldier in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

In Captives (2002; listed as 2003 at the Toronto Public Library website), Linda Colley discusses the use of the whip as a means to maintain discipline in British soldiery at the height of Britain’s colonial expansion. Sometimes flogging resulted in … Continue reading

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Hansard excerpt (2): City of Mississauga presentation at Oct. 17, 2017 OMB Reform hearing

This post features an excerpt from the Hansard transcript of the Oct. 17, 2017 hearing at Queen’s Park regarding Bill 139. My notes of the above-noted hearing are featured at a previous post entitled: Oakville mayor, Mississauga deputy city solicitor, and … Continue reading

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Hansard transcript of Oct. 17, 2017 hearing at Queen’s Park regarding OMB Reform is now available

The Hansard transcript of the Bill 139 (OMB Reform) hearing at Queen’s Park on Oct. 17, 2017 hearing is now available. A transcript of the hearing on the same legislative topic, held the previous day on Oct. 16, is also available. By way … Continue reading

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Oakville mayor, Mississauga deputy city solicitor, and former Toronto chief planner speak out at Oct. 17, 2017 OMB Review hearing

Update A recent post is entitled: Hansard transcript of Oct. 17, 2017 hearing at Queen’s Park regarding OMB Reform is now available [End]   I was very pleased to have the opportunity to attend a committee hearing at Queen’s Park on Oct. … Continue reading

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