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Fault Lines of Empire Political Differentiation in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, 1760-1830

ISBN-10: 0415950015
ISBN-13: 9780415950015
Edition: 2005
Authors: Elizabeth Mancke
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Description: This work presents a comparative history whose broad argument is that the differences in the political cultures of Canada and the United States have their origins in changes in the governance of the British Empire in the late 17th and early 18th  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This work presents a comparative history whose broad argument is that the differences in the political cultures of Canada and the United States have their origins in changes in the governance of the British Empire in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, rather than from changes initiated at the time of the American Revolution. In an analysis of two towns, one in Nova Scotia and one in Maine, this book addresses two large historical questions. One, why have the attitudes of Americans and Canadians about the appropriate role and function of governments differed significantly, despite the similarity of being North American liberal societies and formerly parts of the British Empire? And two, how did the consolidation of power within Britain affect the basic organization of people's lives in the colonies?

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Corporate Structure and Private Interest: the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Expansion of New England
Liverpool, Machias, and the North Atlantic Region: an Historical, Demographic, and Economic Profile
Dividing the Land
Choosing Sides: Liverpool and Machias and the Imperial Conflict
Bearing Arms: the Military Involvement of Liverpool and Machias in the American Revolution
The Transformation of New England Congregationalism
The Structure and Functions of Local Government
Divergent Structures of Power in the Anglo-Atlantic World
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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