Through the looking glass: Canadian identity and the War of 1812

  title={Through the looking glass: Canadian identity and the War of 1812},
  author={Claire Turenne Sjolander},
  journal={International Journal},
  pages={152 - 167}
In 2012, the Harper government launched a national celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, even though few Canadians were aware of the anniversary or of the war itself. While commemorating a largely unknown war might at first seem counterintuitive, this article argues that the focus on the War of 1812 represented an opportunity to engage in the construction of a different Canadian identity. In effect, the narrative surrounding the War of 1812 celebrations permitted the Conservative… 
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