Democratic Struggle or National Uprising? The Canadian Rebellions in British Political Thought, 1835–1840

  title={Democratic Struggle or National Uprising? The Canadian Rebellions in British Political Thought, 1835–1840},
  author={Anna Plassart and Hugo Bonin},
  journal={Global Intellectual History},
  pages={28 - 46}
ABSTRACT This article argues that the role of the 1837–38 Canadian rebellions in early nineteenth-century British political thought has been under-appreciated. It shows that they were the occasion of major reconceptualizations of two important terms that would later become central to the political lexicon of modern Britain: ‘democracy’ and ‘nationality’. From the perspective of the Tories and Whigs who framed the rebellions in terms of ‘nationality’, the Canadian debate required reconfiguring… 
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