Examining cases such as the introduction of the Maple Leaf to replace the Canadian Red Ensign and Union Jack as the national flag, Champion shows that, despite what he calls Canada's "crisis of Britishness," Pearson and his supporters unwittingly perpetuated a continuing Britishness because they - and their ideals - were the product of a British world. Using a fascinating array of personal papers, memoirs, and contemporary sources, this ground-breaking study demonstrates the ongoing influence of Britishness in Canada and showcases the personalities and views of some of the country's most important political and cultural figures. An important study that provides a better understanding of Canada, The Strange Demise of British Canada also shows the lasting influence Britain has had on its former colonies across the globe.
C. P. Champion holds a PhD in history from McGill University and has advised the Canadian government on citizenship, multiculturalism, and heritage policy.
Acknowledgments; Obiter Dicta Introduction; 1 Britishness in the History Wars; 2 The Challenge of Anglo-Canadian Ethnicity; 3 Britishness as a Case of Multiple Identities; 4 Religion and War in Anglo-Canadian Identity; 5 The Celebrated Rite de Passage at Oxford University; 6 Courting Our Ethnic Friends; 7 A New Flag, Please. We're British; 8 The Neo-Nationalist Attack on Military Tradition; Conclusions: The Strange Survival of British Canada Notes; Bibliography; Index