14 June 2019

BOOK: Elizabeth MANCKE et al., eds., Violence, Order, and Unrest: A History of British North America, 1749–1876 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019). ISBN 9781487523701, $41.25

Toronto University Press has published an edited collection on the history of British North America between 1749-1876, and which includes several legal-historical contributions.


This edited collection offers a broad reinterpretation of the origins of Canada. Drawing on cutting-edge research in a number of fields, Violence, Order, and Unrest explores the development of British North America from the mid-eighteenth century through the aftermath of Confederation. The chapters cover an ambitious range of topics, from Indigenous culture to municipal politics, public executions to runaway slave advertisements. Cumulatively, this book examines the diversity of Indigenous and colonial experiences across northern North America and provides fresh perspectives on the crucial roles of violence and unrest in attempts to establish British authority in Indigenous territories. In the aftermath of Canada 150, Violence, Order, and Unrestoffers a timely contribution to current debates over the nature of Canadian culture and history, demonstrating that we cannot understand Canada today without considering its origins as a colonial project.


Elizabeth Mancke is Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick.

Jerry Bannister teaches History and Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University.

Denis McKim teaches in the History Department at Douglas College.

Scott W. See is Libra Professor Emeritus and former chair of the University of Maine’s History Department.


Notes on Contributors
Elizabeth Mancke, Jerry Bannister, Denis McKim, and Scott W. See
Section I: Loyalty, Liberty, and Visions of Order
1. Aspirations and Limitations: "Peace, Order, and Good Government" and the Language of Violence and Disorder in British North America
    Scott W. See
2. Loyalty, Order, and Quebec’s Catholic Hierarchy, 1763–1867
    D.C. Bélanger
3. Anxious Anglicans, Complicated Catholics, and Disruptive Dissenters: Christianity and the Search for Social Order in the Age of Revolution
    Denis McKim
4. Liberty, Loyalty, and Sentiment in Canada’s Founding Debates, 1864–1873
    Jerry Bannister
Section II: From Tory Imperialism to Liberal Settler Colonialism
5. Revolution Expected: The Invasion of Quebec and American Independence
    Jeffers Lennox
6. Empire, Settler Colonialism, and the Role of Violence in Indigenous Dispossession in British North America, 1749–1830
    John G. Reid
7. Space, Race, and Violence: The Beginnings of Civilization in Canada
    E.A. Heaman
8. Worthy and Industrious or a Burden? Managing Migration in Upper Canada, 1815–1845
Section III: Resisting Dispossession
9. Searching for Order in a Settlers’ World: Wendat and Mississauga Schooling, Politics and Networks at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century
    Thomas Peace
10. Runaway Advertisements and Social Disorder in the Maritimes: A Preliminary Study
      Harvey Amani Whitfield
11. The Mobile Village: Metis Women, Bison Brigades, and Social Order on the Nineteenth-Century Plains
      Émilie Pigeon and Carolyn Podruchny
12. "We are men not Buffalos": Louis Riel and the Gendering of the Red River Public Sphere
      M. Max Hamon
Section IV: Legitimating and Contesting the Public Sphere
13. Discontents and Dissidents: Unrest amongst Loyalist Freemasons in the 1780s and 90s
      Bonnie Huskins
14. Of Bludgeons and Ballots: Political Violence, Municipal Enfranchisement, and Local Governance in Mid-Nineteenth- Century Montreal
      Colin Grittner
15. Boys, Young Men, and Disorder in a Mid-Victorian City
      Ian Radforth
16. "To muse within these peaceful portals": Urban Space, Public Order, and the Makings of Montreal’s Viger Square, 1818–1870
      Dan Horner
Section V: Tools of Social Order: The Law and the Press
17. The Spectacle of State Violence: Executions in Quebec, 1759–1872
      Donald Fyson
18. Making a Patriot Order: Violence, Respectability, and the Patriot Press in Exile, 1838–1847
      Stephen R.I. Smith
19. The Ambivalence of Order: Jurisdiction in the Disputed Northeast
      Bradley Miller
20. For the Better Administration of the Town’s Affairs: Civic Engagement, Local Governance, and Grassroots Activism in Canada West/Ontario, 1849–1870
      Darren Ferry
21. The Role of Newspapers in Halifax during the Confederate and the Repeal Movements, 1865–69
      Mathias Rodorff
Elizabeth Mancke, Jerry Bannister, Denis McKim, and Scott W. See

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